child sneezing

Sometimes it may be difficult to tell during the spring season – is this an allergy, or is this a cold?

Common allergy symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Runny Nose – usually clear
  • Nose rubbing
  • Tearing, itchy, red eyes
  • Coughing
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dark rings under eyes
  • Throat clearing

Fever is never from an allergy and suggests an infection.

Colds or allergies can sometimes lead to ear or sinus infections. When this happens, antibiotics can be helpful.

A cold can last several days before it starts to get better and go away. Allergy symptoms can go on for weeks or months.

Pollen, dust mites, mold, and animal dander are the most common reasons for allergies.

Your child’s allergy treatment should always start with your pediatrician. If needed, they may decide to refer you to a pediatric allergy specialist. However, many times there are medications that your pediatrician can prescribe to help with your allergy symptoms.

Some ways parents can help children with allergies:

  • Keep windows closed during pollen season
  • Keep the house clean to reduce mold and dust mites
  • Avoid having indoor plants and pets
  • Prevent anyone from smoking anywhere near your child