Spring Allergies

Common symptoms include a runny nose, repetitive sneezing and itchy skin. If your child has a runny nose, wait and see if this continues for a week or more. If it is just a common cold, it should disappear in a few days.

They may also have congestion or a blocked nasal passage. A common sign of this is when your child clears his or her throat a lot. This occurs because the passage is blocked so the mucus drips down the back of the throat. You should also look for watery eyes or an ear infection. Remember that if your child is suffering from a spring allergy, there won’t be any fever. If there is a fever, it’s probably a virus.

If you notice that your child is falling ill often during this season, you should start keeping a diary. Note down when your child gets ill, the possible symptoms, what your child ate on that day, any change in weather at that time or any other factors. Keeping a record like this will help you a lot when the doctor asks questions about your child.

Your doctor can then either treat your child or recommend that you visit an allergist if they feel that your child is suffering from severe symptoms. The allergist will take down all the necessary information about your child, conduct a physical examination and guide you about the various treatment methods that will be available for your child.

Spring allergies can often be treated with antihistamines in order to provide instant relief. A doctor may even prescribe a nasal spray in some cases (like congestion). Some children even have the option of getting treated with the appropriate shots. The best thing to do is to ask an experienced allergist to recommend the best course of treatment for your child.