I just finished reading an interesting and very relevant article in Parenting magazine about spring, kids and allergies.
It turns out that seasonal allergies, or hay fever, can strike a child for the first time in spring if he’s between two and five. How do you know it’s not another cold he picked up at school?
Princess Ogbogu, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, specializes in allergy and immunology at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. She says there are seven signs to watch for and if your child has several of these signs, he might need to be seen by an allergist. They are:
1. If you, your child, or his father has suffered from allergies, asthma, or eczema.
2. Ongoing congestion. That runny nose that hasn’t cleared up after a week or so.
3. He has itchy, watery eyes.
4. He’s not running a fever or complaining about his body aching.
5. He might have a rash. It can appear anywhere on his body.
6. Or an ear infection. Allergies can lead to inflammation in the ear.
7. The final sign to watch for…your child gets worse on days when the pollen count is high.
A resource I’ve used is the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: Children and Allergies.
Happy Spring! Make sure you have enough tissue handy!