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Approximately 40 percent of children suffer from seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies are different than year-round allergies because symptoms only occur during certain periods.
The symptoms of seasonal allergies show up at the same time every year and disappear in about four to ten weeks.
How can you tell the difference between a cold, the flu, and seasonal allergies? What steps can you take to help prevent them and make your child feel better?
- Spring allergies usually begin in March and may last through the summer
- Spring allergies are caused because of environmental changes. Pollen counts are higher during the spring
- Because of the nicer weather, children are more likely to be exposed to outdoor allergens, such as tree pollen, grass and weeds
- Seasonal allergies usually develop by the time a child is ten years old. The symptoms peak when they are in their early twenties, and usually disappear by young adulthood
- Seasonal allergies do not usually develop in infants. Children need to be exposed to several pollen seasons in order to develop a reaction
- Seasonal allergies are sometimes hereditary. Children are more likely to develop them if their mother or father has had seasonal allergies
Symptoms of Spring Allergies:
- Lingering congestion that does not clear up
- Itchiness of the nose and throat
- Swollen, watery, itchy eyes and redness
- Sneezing and nasal drainage that is clear and watery
- Children can sometimes develop an ear infection or inflammation in the ear
- Children can sometimes develop a rash that can appear anywhere on the body
- If a child has a fever or is complaining of body aches, those are usually signs of a cold or flu, not spring allergies
While there is no real cure for spring allergies, it’s possible to help prevent them and relieve symptoms. Uncontrolled allergies can make your child’s symptoms worst.
- Keep your home’s windows and doors closed, use the air conditioner whenever possible
- Keep your car’s windows closed and use the air conditioner
- Have your child shower at night in order to wash the pollen off before bedtime
- Make sure your child washes their hands properly after playing outside
- Children should avoid the outdoors when pollen levels are at their highest, between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.
- Parents should schedule outdoor activities after 10 a.m.
Parents should always consult their child’s pediatrician. They can properly diagnose a child’s ailment and determine if medication or further testing is needed.
At Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, we can see anywhere between 10-12 severe cases of influenza on a yearly basis. Jenny’s battle with the flu is such a unique case because of the many secondary complications she dealt with.
The state-of-the-art equipment available at PCCSF known as ECMO, and Jenny’s spirit to live are the key takeaways from her story. See how she’s doing today, and why she calls our very own Dr. Gerald Lavandosky “Superman”, in her interview with the Palm Beach Post below.
The 2016-2017 flu season has been an aggressive one. The virus has spread to 40 states, including Florida, and has been associated with 20 pediatric deaths. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 14,000 cases of influenza A have been reported across the country. With the flu reaching such epidemic levels, it’s important to get the flu shot to avoid getting sick.
Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida was featured on the local South Florida ABC affiliate, WPLG Local 10, regarding the unique case of Jenny, a teenage girl who nearly lost her life after getting the flu.
Jenny spent 241 days in the hospital fighting for her life. The effects of the flu were so severe, she suffered multiple organ failures and severe nerve damage. After receiving a kidney transplant just days before Christmas last year, Jenny is now recovering and is on track to graduate with her classmates in May.
See how PCCSF’s Dr. Lavandosky saved Jenny’s life in his interview with Channel 10′s Kristi Krueger, and see how Jenny’s doing today.
The PCCSF family is fortunate to have some incredible individuals as part of its staff. In honor of American Heart Month, we are shining the spotlight on our very own Dr. Ryan Moranwho is saving the lives of children suffering from heart disease not just in South Florida, but in developing countries as well. Read all about his incredible mission trips with Heart Care International in our latest newsletter.