According to researchers, all kinds of allergies have increased in the past 30 years. The cause is unknown, but some say it’s because of air pollution while others point it to the overuse of antibiotics. Whatever it is, there is no clear reason why some kids are predisposed to having allergies, while others are symptom-free. The more important thing to know for mothers though, is how to treat them at home, particularly this fall season.
One of the most common reasons why allergens are common in autumn is the abundance of ragweed. The rain in the early spring, followed by sunny and dry days in the summer, cause them to proliferate. The growth of mold is another problem as they find it convenient to grow on the piles of leaves with a bit of moisture on the ground.
The treatment starts in identifying if your child is allergic to mold or ragweed. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child’s Allergies and Asthma, these are some of the signs that you have to watch out for:
- A week’s worth of repeated or chronic coldlike symptoms, particulary those that develop at the same time annually. This may be accompanied by runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, and throat clearing.
- Itchy, runny eyes, sniffling, nose rubbing, snorting, and sneezing.
- Itching or tingling sensations in the mouth and throat, not associated with a cold.
- Respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. Suspect for asthma if the coughing increases at night or with physical activity.
In case of positive symptoms, begin treatment by decreasing the exposure of the child to the allergens. Pollen and mold are everywhere outdoors but there are things you can do to prevent allergic reactions, such as:
- If your child is showing any of these allergy symptoms, you should start by trying to reduce her exposure to the allergens. While pollen and mold are found everywhere outdoors and cannot be completely avoided, there are a few things you can do!
- Weed pollens are highest in the middle of the day. If you want your child to play outside, it is recommended to do it in the morning.
- Change your child’s clothes or have him or her take a bath after playing outside. Wash their hair and hands thoroughly.
- Close windows and outside doors during pollen season. Consider leaving the air-conditioner running on low to continually clean the air indoors.
- Watch the pollen and mold counts reported in the news. Don’t let your child go out during peak hours. Close the windows, particularly when the counts are high.
- Keep your child away from playing in dead or wet leaves.