Seasonal allergy also known as “hay fever” in children can be very irritable and can be very severe.
If you’re allergic to pollen, your body sees it as a threat. So, any time you’re exposed to pollen (or another trigger), your immune system gets ready for a fight.
Once an allergen enters your body, your immune system makes proteins called antibodies. They help look for and then get rid of the allergen.
When antibodies find an allergen, they alert blood cells called mast cells. They, in turn, release chemicals like histamine. That’s what causes inflammation. Tissue around small blood vessels tightens. Fluid escapes. That’s how you end up with a runny nose, swollen nasal passages, and congestion.
What is the best way to combat pollen allergy?
- During pollen season wear mask when you step out to play
- Wash your face and hands 3-4 times a day
- Wear fresh cloths once you come home
- If you which are the plants might be having effect on you – stay away from those plants
Precautions for Parents:
- If there are flowering indoor plants – remove them
- Talk to your child’s caregivers – teachers, babysitters, coaches, parents of their friends – and bring them up to speed on your child’s allergies and their triggers.
- Hanging laundry outside can attract pollen, causing your child’s allergies to flare up. Use dryer or dry clothes inside the house instead.
- If you know your kids are allergic to pollen, then listen or beware of the pollen count in your area.
- Talk to your pediatrician and seek suggestion regarding any tests that are required for your child for pollen allergy.
- Reduce outdoor activities during high pollen levels times such as between 05:00 – 10:00 am. Pollen levels also drop after heavy rains.
- Keep windows closed and use air conditioners because windows and attic fans can attract pollen.