Suspect your child has seasonal allergies? Look for these symptoms

Baystateparent Magazine
Don't let your child sneeze, snort and wheeze through every season.

While there are plenty of adults cursing pollen counts this time of year, there are also millions of kids who experience the symptoms of seasonal allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.2 million children experienced allergic symptoms between 2019 and 2020.

Although it can be easy for a parent to write off coughing, sneezing or wiping a runny nose to the latest cold virus going around, these same symptoms could be the result of a more pervasive problem.

Here some things parents should look for and treatments if you are concerned about seasonal allergies in kids:

Seasonal allergy symptoms in toddlers and children

- Scratchy throat

- Coughing

- Sneezing

- Runny or itchy nose

- Red, irritated eyes

- Wheezing or trouble breathing (less common)

If your child is struggling to take a full breath, develops a rash, swelling, or fever, seek medical help immediately. These could be signs of a severe allergic reaction.

Seasonal allergy relief treatments and remedies

There are three main types of over-the-counter allergy treatment for children:

- Oral antihistamines: Fexofenadine, loratadine and cetirizine.

Steroid nasal sprays: Fluticasone or Nasacort

- Decongestants: Pseudoephedrine

It’s best to visit your child’s pediatrician rather than self-diagnosing and risking treating your child with the wrong medication.