Allergies are very common in children. Some may suffer from seasonal allergies while others may have them throughout the year. It is important to find out the cause of the illness so that your child can get tested and treated as soon as possible.
A spring allergy will often be seen in your child when he or she is between 2 and 5 years of age. Even though it is possible that they may have picked up an illness from someone, you should keep a check to see if they show any signs of being sensitive to something in the air.
How Will You Know if your Child has a Spring Allergy?
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.
Keeping A Track of Allergies and Treating Them
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.