Seasonal Allergy (Hay Fever) in Children

Seasonal Allergy (Hay Fever) in Children
Spring is the most beautiful season, as flowers flourish and trees grow. However, it’s accompanied by some allergies that affect both children and adults. This happens due to the spread of pollens and spores in the air, which leads to itchy eyes and runny nose. 
 
What is Seasonal Allergy?
Seasonal allergy which is also known as Hay Fever takes place due to a reaction against foreign bodies that throws up in the spring, like pollens and spores. This type of allergy occurs in seasons where flowers and trees distribute their pollens and spores. 
 
Allergy appears due to a combination of genetics and environmental triggers. People who are more likely to develop seasonal allergy seem to have a hyper-alert immune system that is always on the alert for substances foreign to the body. 
 
Pollen grains and spores that spread aren’t serious, but for those who develop seasonal allergy show reactions towards it which stimulates secretion of histamine and other chemicals. 
 
How Serious is Seasonal Allergy? 
You should seek a pediatrician you suspect that your little one has Hay fever. Children with Hay fever can’t concentrate, have runny nose which affects their sleep and gets them to feel tired the whole day.
 
Seasonal Allergy is not serious, but if left untreated can lead to other symptoms down the road like sinusitis, chronic ear infections, and asthma.
 
At What Ages is Hay Fever Most Common?
Hay fever rarely appears in children younger than 3 years old, as they spend most of their time indoors. Although Hay fever stays consistent through his lifetime, symptoms can wax and wine.
 
Signs That Your Child Seems to Develop Hay Fever 
  • Family history, either his mum or dad developed a seasonal allergy. 
  • A runny nose that stays so long 
  • Watery itchy eyes 
  • Ear infection
  • It gets worse when the pollen count is high. 
 
Seasonal allergy is so common among both children and adults. But it needs to be put into consideration to avoid other chronic symptoms. Consult your doctor if your child seems to have hay fever, particularly in the seasons when pollen count increases.

Compiled using information from
Baby Center 
Parenting

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