Ragweed is the most common pollen responsible for causing allergy symptoms from mid-August through mid-October. As adults with ragweed allergy we get stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, sinus pressure, and so on. We know what how it impacts us and we push through.

However, how do we know the real impact that these allergies have on our children? For instance, what about Ragweed and children?

We can see when our children are sneezing, sniffling, and coughing, but we truly don’t understand the influence of these symptoms on our children’s lives. We know that one of the most common areas affected by allergies is sleep. I experienced this first hand as my son woke up sneezing non-stop at 4:45 in the morning the other day. You can imagine, neither I nor my son were in top form the next day. Allergies can lead to lack of sleep which makes children more exhausted during the day.

I always tell parents of children with allergies that don’t have allergies themselves to imagine yourself with a permanent cold that just won’t go away for the allergy season. That is what your child feels like.

How productive are you when you have a cold? Can you think as clearly as you would like? Doesn’t being sick make you irritable or edgy? That is what your child feels like, but can’t vocalize to you directly. This can lead to deterioration of relationships at home and poor school performance.

Often I hear parents complaining that their child is hyperactive, but it just started in the past few months. Once again, if it is coinciding with the pollen season, their child’s ͞hyperactivity͟ could be related to allergy symptoms-runny nose, congestion, etc. rather than a hyperactivity disorder such as ADHD. Though if a child does have ADHD, allergies can make the symptoms worse during the pollen season.

These are some of the reasons why it is so important to treat our children’s allergies.

Where do you start?

Find an allergist that you can work with to help your child. Focus on your child’s environment, primarily their bedroom, with interventions such as keeping the windows closed during the pollen season, finding out what allergens are in the child’s bedroom, having the child take a shower after coming in for the day.

We always say that children are our future. Let’s work together to help them have the brightest, allergy-free future that they can.

 

Exhalenow.com provides in-home allergen testing to help you and your family get to the bottom of what may be making you sick!

Priya Bansal

Dr. Priya Bansal attended a six-year BS/MD program with Penn State University and Thomas Jefferson Medical School. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Illinois in Chicago and was board certified in both specialties. She then became board certified in Allergy and Immunology after her fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Bansal served as President for the Illinois Society of Allergy and is currently a RSLAAIS governor for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). Dr. Bansal joined the Exhale team to continue her mission of aiding in the alleviation of suffering for children and adults with allergies and asthma. “As a doctor and as the mom of children with asthma, allergies and food allergies, I could not be more excited about the incredible difference we are making in the lives of our clients,” Dr. Bansal explains.
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