Updated: Apr 3, 2021
Parents hate to see their children feeling under the weather. Itchy throat, nose, and eyes, sneezing, and sniffling can really bring our kiddos down. When seasonal allergies strike, it can feel like a cold or even the flu.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), seasonal allergies may affect up to 40 percent of children and 30 percent of adults.
Sometimes it is hard to tell if your child has seasonal allergies or a cold.
The American Academy of Pediatrics gives us some things to look for that helps to clarify the issue:
· Symptoms happen during pollen season,
· Had the same symptoms during the same month last year,
· Hay fever symptoms last 608 weeks for each pollen (colds last 1-3 weeks),
· Allergies: Itchy eyes and nose, not seen with colds,
· Colds: fever and/or sore throat, not seen with allergies,
· Both: runny nose and watery eyes, can also have a cough with both, but less common with allergies.
An allergy is the body’s reaction to a specific substance or allergen. Our immune system responds to the invading allergen by releasing histamine and other chemicals that typically trigger symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, eyes, skin, or stomach lining.
FDA on children's allergies: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/allergy-relief-your-child
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For more helpful information about allergies from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences site: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/allergens/pollen/index.cfm