How to Identify a Seasonal Allergy Reaction in Young Children

A seasonal allergy is one caused by airborne pollens from grass, trees, flowers, weeds, and molds. Often termed "hay fever", seasonal allergic rhino conjunctivitis can cause watery discharge from the eyes, sneezing, itching, and other problems. Knowing that a young child might be suffering from this is important because it's unlikely that a young child can adequately explain what the matter is. In this article, you'll learn what to look out for.

Steps

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    Ask your child to explain how he or she feels. This may or may not be helpful but it is an important place to start. Ask about whether the child is bothered by the sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, etc. Try to notice whether the reaction seems worse for being outside.
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    Look for the following symptoms:
    • inflammation and redness of the skin around the child's eyes
    • red eyes and/or watery eyes
    • a preference for breathing through the mouth, particularly during sleep
    • coughing in a dry way, wheezing
    • sneezing
    • unusual irritability and tiredness, rubbing eyes more often than just when it's bedtime, etc.
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    See the pharmacist or your doctor for a complete diagnosis and to ask about treatment options. There are both natural and conventional treatment possibilities, as well as desensitization approaches.

Tips

  • Echinacea and probiotics may be helpful in treating hay fever if you're looking for herbal or non-conventional remedies. Talk to a health specialist about these possibilities.

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Categories: Childhood Health