Beating kids’ allergies this season

Local News
October 02 2021 06:00 pm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — So we’ve now passed through the middle part of the summer where the pollen count typically drops down a little bit, but now the pollen numbers are going back up through the roof. You may be able to handle it but how are your kids going to deal with it for the rest of the summer.

It’s back, and back in a big way. Check out the pollen count through the weekend, and with no relief in sight, the kids will likely start coming home from a day of playing outside with itchy eyes, and a runny nose. So how do you prevent it without medication?

Michael Werdmann, Emergency Room Physician, Bridgeport Hospital noted, “Since a lot of this stuff is airborne, you have to breath and there’s not a lot you can do. You can do air conditioning if you’re able to do that.”

And let’s face it…your kids aren’t going to stay inside on nice summer days, so the answer is medication, but check with your doctor first!

“With small kids the benefit of antihistamines is relatively small so we actually generally don’t recommend unless you have an allergist using the over the counter allergy medications for little kids,” said Werdmann.

If you are giving your child medication, pay attention to what season affects them the most. If they start suffering in September, it’s best to give them medicine a few weeks before symptoms start showing up. So when will it all end? Typically not until the first frost of the season, so we have months to go!

So the important thing to pay attention to also is the difference between a cold and allergies. If you’re not sure which one your child has when they come home from camp or the playground, you may want to have them get check out by a doctor or an allergist.

Now keep in mind, pollen counts go up when it’s dry out and when the wind picks up, so checking on the forecast can give you a great indication as to how bad the pollen count is.

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