Allergy Woes

The calendar announces it's Springtime, and along with spring many people suffer from environmental allergies.  This year is no exception, with the mild winter and warm temperatures enabling everything to blossom and grow!!  How do I know that my child has allergies and not symptoms of a cold?  Symptoms of allergies include:

-multiple sneezes
-runny nose with clear secretions
-watering and itchy eyes
-an initial "tickle" on the roof of the mouth or the back of the throat
-coughing, wheezing, irritability
-sleeping problems
-headaches

Most importantly, parents want to make sure that their child is comfortable so that they are ready to learn.  Here are a few tips to make it easier for them to enjoy their school day:

-keep windows closed and use air conditioning, if possible.  
-play indoors when pollen counts are high.  Counts are typically higher on sunny, dry and windy days.
-have your child wash hands, or shower and change clothing after playing outside.
-your doctor may recommend antihistamines, decongestants or nasal sprays.  A neti pot
with saline wash can help to rinse allergens out of the nasal passages.

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