How do I know if my child has seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergy symptoms may range from mild to severe and are more common during certain seasons, such as the spring, summer or fall when tree and plant pollen levels are high. However, in certain regions such as North Texas, seasonal allergies may be triggered year-round. See common seasonal allergies in the Dallas metroplex.
Seasonal allergies typically do not affect a child under the age of 2-3 years, as allergies develop after repeated exposure. For pollen allergies it often takes several seasons of exposure to an allergen before symptoms develop. Occasionally, perennial allergies, which are a reaction to allergens mostly found indoors such as dust mites, can present in children under 2 years of age.
Allergies and atopic conditions such as asthma and eczema can run in families. If one or both parents are affected by allergies, a child has a higher risk of developing allergies. However, the specific allergen or trigger may differ.
Seasonal allergy symptoms in kids
The most common signs of seasonal allergies in kids include:
Congestion or sinus pressure
Itchy, watery eyes
Scratchy or sore throat
Swollen, bluish-colored skin beneath the eyes
Reduced sense of taste or smell
Allergy symptoms in kids can be similar to symptoms of a cold. See how to tell the difference between a cold and allergies in kids.
Infographic Source: https://www.childrens.com/health-wellness/fight-seasonal-allergies