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Summer Allergies All you need to know about summer allergies in children

Summer Allergies All you need to know about summer allergies in children

 Summer Allergies All you need to know about summer allergies in children  

Summer for kids means getting their freedom back: freedom from school and, most importantly, the freedom to get out of the house and have as much fun as possible.  Unfortunately, this season also means that summer allergies will return as well, and it can turn your child's summer vacation into a miserable experience.  As a parent, there are plenty of things you can do to make this time easier on your child, and we'll go over what you need to know so you can understand their causes, symptoms, and how to treat them, as well as some tips that can help your child avoid the usual triggers.

the reasons

Nature itself is the biggest source of summer allergens, literally everywhere you look.  The first common allergy during spring and summer is pollen allergy, which is caused by several types of pollen released from trees, weeds, and grasses.  These plants shed pollen in different cycles, so that there is literally a stimulus somewhere outside no matter what time of year it is.  If that wasn't bad enough, there are two other common allergens that can be found outside: air pollution and insects.  Smoke, ozone, and even fumes from the grill can trigger an attack.  Bees, hornets, hornets, and yellow jackets account for nearly a third of every seasonal allergy out during the summer, and for some children, a single sting can be life-threatening.

And indoor spaces aren't completely trigger-free.  Mold likes to live in damp areas, such as bathrooms and basements.  Pet dander can be controlled by washing your pets often, and it is often confused with the real reason behind most allergy symptoms found in children who spend a lot of time indoors: dust mites.  They can reach the air, in the rug, in bedding, and even in the toy box and closet.  Summer is especially bad for little invisible creepers, as they thrive in warm, humid temperatures.

its symptoms 

Pollen allergies are often grouped together in a condition known as hay fever, and have very specific allergy symptoms:

* Runny nose

* tears



* Itchy eyes and nose

* Dark circles under the eyes

If pollen gets into any food eaten outdoors, it can also cause some serious indoor symptoms, which usually appear after eating that food.  If your child develops an itchy or swollen throat, this means that he has a condition known as oral allergy syndrome, and he should seek medical attention immediately.  Types of foods generally contaminated with pollen include bananas, melons, cucumbers, and berries.

Airborne allergens such as dust and mold can also cause your child to develop asthma symptoms, narrowing the airway, leading to coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.  Insect stings can cause itching and swelling, but more serious symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, and swelling of the throat or tongue.  If you are not sure that your child is allergic to insect stings, take her to the doctor immediately, just to be safe.


Allergies are treated the same way, in the spring or summer, with any number of over-the-counter or prescription medications.  Your pediatrician will advise you on the types that can be used to help treat any allergies your child may have, and it is always best to follow their advice.

Antihistamines reduce symptoms of sneezing and itching, while decongestants are generally given to reduce swelling and congestion of the nasal passages.  Always talk to your pediatrician about possible side effects, especially if there is a possibility of harmful effects if your child is taking other types of medication at the time of treatment.

Summer survival tips

Since summer allergens are virtually everywhere, it can be difficult to avoid them all.  Make sure to keep children indoors as much as possible.  Clean air filters often during the spring and summer months.  Vacuum and wash clothes and bedding often.  Outside, avoid areas where stinging insects gather, and avoid bright colors, scented lotions, and sunscreen.

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