Springtime means warmer weather – it also means the start of one of the peak allergy seasons. Pollen and mold are the top season allergy triggers and can cause the following symptoms:
- Runny nose with clear, watery discharge
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
Try these tips to help your child cope during the spring allergy season:
- Days that are hot, windy or dry are usually the worst. Plan activities for cooler, less windy days.
- After you come in from outside, wash your clothes and shower right away to avoid excess allergens.
- Plan activities for later in the day, as pollen count is highest in the morning.
- While indoors, cut back on carpeting and drapes, which attract allergens.
Talk with your child’s pediatrician to develop an allergy treatment plan. If he or she experiences shortness of breath, call 9-1-1 immediately. For more health-related information, visit kids.mountnittany.org.