Offered by: Kelly Fausey, CPNP – Brighton Pediatrics
March is entering springtime in Colorado which can be a mix of snow or early blooming pollens. Towards the end of cold and flu season many children experience allergy symptoms due to the exposure to the blooming pollens. Many parents question the difference between a regular cold and allergy symptoms. Allergies are triggered by repeated exposure to an allergen (grass, trees, flowers, dust, mold, smoke, food) which sensitizes the body to produce an allergic response. Many children present with allergy symptoms such as runny nose, itching nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, itching eyes, large tonsils, snoring and/ or mouth breathing during the springtime months in Colorado.
Ways to help prevent allergies during the spring months in Colorado is avoiding repeated exposure to the allergens. Such preventive measures like dehumidifiers, controlling house dust, no smoke exposure, having your child bath/shower at night, not sleeping with ceiling fan on and removing pets from the bedroom are ways to decrease allergens to your child. Children over 2 years old can have antihistamines like cetirizine to help control allergy symptoms. Please contact your pediatrician if your child develops fevers, cough, a rash or is acting sick. Enjoy the springtime blooms in Colorado and if you have any further questions, please contact your primary care pediatrician or Brighton Pediatrics. For additional information, please visit our website at www.Brightonpeds.com
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