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Spring Is in the Air and So Is Pollen

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health at 1:13 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
FlowersThe thought of spring during those final days of winter brought nothing but happy warmth. You envisioned chirping birds, budding blooms, sunny days and hours upon hours of outside time . . . for your kids! The moment you could, you were sending them out the door to expend the energy that had been mounting since December and its first frigid afternoon. They would run through the backyard doing whatever they pleased (within reason) as you journeyed to the front yard and reveled in the beauty of spring. When they finally came indoors, they would be spent, crawling into bed without complaint, providing you with one more reason to love the season. It was a beautiful plan that included everything . . . except for allergies.

Up to 40 percent of children are affected by allergies.  While they may occur at any time, spring is the most severe season, eliciting sneezing, itching, nasal congestion and discharge. Children are driven mad by the symptoms, unable to sleep at night, focus during the day or engage in outdoor activities – the very events you had been dreaming of.  Although medications are offered, they don’t always work, forcing many parents to routinely switch treatment plans and leaving children unaided.

If you have a child with springtime allergies, it’s important that you try to minimize the effects of the season. Talk to her doctor now, so that you can determine what medications are available. When you settle on one, if it doesn’t help, don’t be afraid to speak up. Meanwhile, limit pollen exposure and keep a pack of tissues handy. You may not be able to eliminate your child’s allergies but you can prepare for them.

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