-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, April 27 (HealthDay News) -- Many children suffer
allergies at this time of year as trees and other plants start
releasing pollens into the air. So parents need to monitor their
youngsters for symptoms, an expert says.
"There are different types of allergies, but if you notice that your child has more symptoms and reactions during the spring it's a clue that they have a pollen allergy," Dr. Joyce Rabbat, a pediatric allergist at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in a Loyola news release.
Symptoms of pollen allergies -- which are most likely to be
worse on dry, windy days -- include itchy eyes, sneezing,
stuffy/runny nose, coughing and asthma.
"If your child's allergy symptoms are interfering with his or her daily life, there is no reason to let the child suffer. Allergy symptoms are very treatable. Some people think it's just something they need to 'live with' but that's not the case," Rabbat said.
She said parents can take the following steps to help reduce
children's allergy symptoms:
"If your child is active outdoors or in sports, make sure he or she takes allergy medication before heading outside," Rabbat said.
Parents also need to watch for asthma symptoms because many
children with allergies also have allergic asthma. Symptoms of
allergic asthma include coughing, shortness of breath, rapid
breathing, wheezing and a feeling of tightness in the chest.
"Often treating children's allergies helps to control their asthma as well. Kids may need to take an allergy medicine before going outside, or they may need daily allergy medication. It's also important to get ahead of your allergy symptoms. Once allergies are flaring, they become more difficult to treat. If you are on a good medication regimen before the pollens peak, it makes for a much more enjoyable season," Rabbat said.
The Nemours Foundation has more about
seasonal allergies in children.
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