The Children’s Hospital Q & A: Soothing Summertime Allergies
Every month, Mile High Mamas features a Q & A from The Children’s Hospital on a different health topic. This month’s topic is all about how to sooth your child’s summer allergy symptoms. Learn how to reduce allergens in your home so springtime allergens don’t ruin your summer.
Most people think allergies should stop acting up after springtime. Unfortunately, culprits such as pollen, insects and various plants can extend allergy symptoms into summer.
What causes seasonal allergies?
Pollen is the primary substance responsible for both spring and summertime allergies. Because most trees finish pollinating by late spring, the majority of summertime pollen is produced by grasses. In the Denver area, grass pollen is the most common summer allergen, affecting seasonal allergy sufferers from April into late summer.
How can I tell if my child has an allergy?
Signs that your child may be suffering from a seasonal allergy include:
* Itchy eyes and nose
* Runny nose
* Watery eyes
* Dark circles under the eyes
* Coughing (along with the previous symptoms)
Allergy symptoms are making my child miserable. What can I do to help?
While it is impossible to completely avoid summertime allergy triggers, you can take steps to decrease your child’s pollen exposure, such as:
* Keep windows and doors closed at all times, and use the air conditioner or an air purifier.
* Make the beds each day and have children shower at night before going to bed to keep pollen out of the linens.
* Replace air filters as recommended and clean other areas where pollen might collect, such as bookshelves, vents and furniture.
* Vacuum at least twice a week.