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Dealing With Seasonal Allergies

It is the time of year where season changes  can cause flare ups in allergies and asthma. Adults and children can be very susceptible to seasonal allergies during this time due to all of that pollen floating around. If you child always seems to get sick around this time and during the fall, then seasonal allergies may be the cause of the problem. Watch their pattern of symptoms such as worse symptoms in the morning that improve during the day. Symptoms could include things such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sniffling.

House dust, animal exposures, pollens, molds, and indoor pollutants can be irritants and trigger allergies and asthma. Dusting and sweeping often can cut down on the severity of symptoms. Changing clothes after a trip outside could also help. If your child is doing an extreme activity, it could induce symptoms.

You should encourage and enforce your child to wash their hands thoroughly often.  Also, a trip to the doctor’s office may really help  to distinguish between a cold and allergies and also to see if your child may need prescribed medicine to relieve their symptoms.

Please check out these websites for more information about how you can help your child with their seasonal allergies.

KidsHealth
The Weather Channel
Healthy Children
UpToDate

Cold & Flu Guide

It starts with a sniffle — next thing you know, the whole household is sneezing, coughing, passing tissues and slurping chicken soup: The common cold, or worse, seasonal flu, is upon you.

By the time you’re a parent, you’ve probably had your fair share of colds and bouts of the flu. According to the CDC, each year up to 20% of the population gets the flu, and the Mayo Clinic cites the common cold as the number one culprit of stay-home-sick-from-school days in children. But although there’s not much you can do medically for a cold or even the flu, aside from the vaccine or antiviral treatment in some cases, there are alternative treatments (yes, chicken soup is one!) and prevention techniques you can use to help keep your family cold- and flu-free.

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From Parenting.com Family Health Guide

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