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Seasonal allergies giving your child the sniffles?

Summer for kids should be about exploring the great outdoors and planning their next backyard adventure. Not, battling seasonal allergy symptoms.

Seasonal allergies can start at any age. And, while experts have long known that the environment plays a role in why people get seasonal allergies, it’s only part of it. Genetics are a factor as well.

“Allergies are multifactorial,” said Dr. Harold Kim, President of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Meaning that whether a child suffers from seasonal allergies can be influenced by “genetics to some extent,” as well as environmental exposure.

A child can be more susceptible to developing allergies if a parent has allergies. But, it’s not a guarantee. There is “person to person variation,” said Dr. Kim.

What are the signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies in children?
Seasonal allergy symptoms are similar for adults and children.

Often parents can tell if their child is experiencing seasonal allergies when symptoms emerge at the same time yearly. “Parents might begin to see a pattern,” said Dr. Kim. Their child will develop symptoms around the same time every year.

Common allergy symptoms may include:

  • Itchy, puffy, red and/or watery eyes
  • Runny, stuffy and/or itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy throat and/or ears

How do you tell the difference between seasonal allergies and a cold? It’s more likely to be allergies if your child has itchiness, lots of sneezing and there’s no fever.

Bye, bye allergy symptoms.
You can help manage your child’s seasonal allergy symptoms with these lifestyle tips:

  • Manage outdoor time. Check your local weather network for pollen forecasts and schedule outdoor time when pollen counts are low.
  • Try to keep your home as pollen-free as possible by keeping windows closed and using air conditioning if required.
  • Washing or showering after outdoor activities may be helpful.
  • If over-the-counter medications are not effective, ask your primary health-care provider if prescription medications like antihistamines, nasal sprays or eye drops may be right for your child. In some cases, immunotherapy prescribed by an allergist may be suitable.  

Treatment options are available to help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms. It’s important to consult your health-care provider to determine which options are best for your child.

For coverage related eligibility, you can review your benefits booklet in My Library.

Allergies or COVID: The symptoms differ but, best to take precautions and consult with your local public health agency.


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