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Seasonal allergies don’t have to spoil your child’s outdoor fun, even on high pollen count days.
“We rarely tell parents to keep their children inside and miss activities due to seasonal allergies,” said University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital pediatric allergist Nana Fenny, MD, MPH. “But you do need to give your child with allergies an antihistamine at least 30 minutes before shooing them out the door.”
Pollen — from trees in the spring, grasses in the summer, and ragweed and other weeds in the fall — is one of the most common causes of allergies. Symptoms may include nasal congestion, runny or itchy nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.
Fenny recommends a few simple lifestyle changes to help relieve a child’s allergy symptoms:
If over-the-counter medications aren’t working for your child, it’s important to see an allergist. A physician will help you identify your child’s allergy triggers and create a treatment plan that may include prescription drugs or allergy shots.
To make an appointment with a pediatric allergist, please call 773-702-6169.
Physicians at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of allergic and immune disorders in childrenLearn more about our allergy specialists