Your child's cold may be allergies
The springtime weather brings longer, warmer days and more time outside, but it can also bring stuffy and runny noses, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. While these symptoms may mimic a cold, if they last for more than a week or two, or recur regularly, allergies may be to blame.
If your child's allergies occur around the same time every year, he or she may be dealing with seasonal allergies. In the Northwest, allergies due to tree pollen are most common from February to April, while grass pollen may be the culprit from May to July.
On sunny days, it can be nearly impossible to keep your child indoors, but there are some steps you can take to reduce their exposure to pollen:
- Make sure your child washes and changes clothes after coming in from outdoors.
- Try to stay inside on windy days or early in the day, when pollen count tends to be higher.
- When possible, keep windows closed and use air conditioners to reduce pollen exposure in your home and car.
- Dry sheets and clothes indoors instead of hanging them outside to dry.
Although there are many over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays available, treatment for your child's allergies should always start with a pediatrician. A pediatrician can help monitor your child's seasonal allergies over time and develop the best plan for treatment.
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