As the seasons change, many parents notice the sniffling, sneezing, and itchy eyes in their children that signal the onset of seasonal allergies. Dr. Alexandria Carter, a respected pediatrician at Boone Memorial Health, shares her expert advice on how to manage these uncomfortable symptoms and ensure our little ones enjoy the changing seasons without distress.

Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, are often triggered by pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. According to Dr. Carter, understanding the triggers is the first step in managing allergies. “Awareness of the pollen count on high-alert days can help parents plan indoor activities to avoid exposure,” she suggests. Moreover, implementing simple practices such as keeping windows closed during high pollen days and bathing children in the evening to remove pollen can significantly reduce symptoms.

Dr. Carter emphasizes the importance of recognizing the symptoms early and consulting a pediatrician for a proper diagnosis. “Allergies can often be mistaken for a cold, but if your child is experiencing symptoms like continuous sneezing, itchy eyes, and nasal congestion at the same time each year, it’s likely allergies,” she explains. Treatment options vary from over-the-counter antihistamines to prescription medications and nasal sprays. In some cases, allergy testing and immunotherapy may be recommended.

Besides medical treatment, Dr. Carter advocates for a holistic approach to managing seasonal allergies. This includes ensuring a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables that can boost the immune system, using air purifiers to reduce indoor allergens, and encouraging children to drink plenty of fluids.

Dr. Carter’s expertise and compassionate care for her young patients make her a valued member of the Boone Memorial Health team. By following her advice, parents can help their children navigate seasonal allergies more comfortably. Remember, while seasonal allergies can be bothersome, with the right strategies and support, they can be managed effectively, ensuring that children can fully embrace the joys of each season.

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