While most people look forward to the warmer weather spring brings, those who suffer with allergies may dread this time of year. Thankfully, we at Pediatricenter can help!
What causes allergies?
There are many different kinds of triggers that cause seasonal allergies, also known as “hay fever”. In the spring time, the most common cause of allergies is from:
In someone who has seasonal allergies, the pollen comes into contact with the person’s eyes or nose, and causes the body to think the pollen is harmful. The body’s immune system then activates a substance called histamine, which causes the body to react in ways which are irritating (see below).
Some people have symptoms of allergy that last all year long. Year-round allergies are most commonly caused from:
What are the signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies?
Common symptoms of allergy include:
Is there a test for allergies?
What can I do to help if my child is showing signs of allergy?
There are a few common medications to help with seasonal allergies:
Nasal steroid sprays:
Allergy eye drops:
Please schedule an appointment if you have any questions about the above medications, and your pediatrician will be able to let you know which medications are safe and a good choice for your child and his or her symptoms.
Tips that help reduce allergies:
It’s important to teach your kids at a young age how important street safety is. Here are some helpful reminders to tell your kids:
Check your child’s bike before spring-time use!
It’s as easy as ABC
Children should always wear a helmet for all wheeled sports activities. Be a good role model for your kids and wear a helmet when riding with them! A properly-fitted bike helmet is just as effective when riding a scooter, roller skating or in-line skating. When skateboarding and long boarding, make sure your child wears a Consumer Product Safety Commission-certified skateboarding helmet.
To find the right size helmet, put one on your child’s head without fastening the straps. The front of the helmet should be level and two finger-widths above your child’s eyebrows. Have your child shake his or her head from side to side; there should be little movement
The side straps should come to a point just below your child’s ears; move the small tabs on the sides of these straps up or down until they are a half an inch or less under your child’s ear lobe. The chin strap should be about half an inch below your child’s chin when his or her mouth is closed.
Make sure your child’s helmet fits well - wearing a bike helmet that does not fit well or with loose straps is the same as not wearing a bike helmet at all!!
Kids see strangers every day in stores, in the park, and in their neighborhoods. It’s important to teach your kids about strangers so if a dangerous situation comes up, they know what to do.
A stranger is anyone your child does not know well. Thankfully, the majority of strangers are nice people, but some are not. Parents can protect their children by teaching kids the difference between safe strangers and dangerous strangers. Most kids will think “bad or dangerous strangers” are scary-looking, like the villains in cartoons. It’s important to let your children know even good-looking people can be “bad strangers”. “Safe strangers” are people your child doesn’t know, but who are ok to ask for help. Safe strangers include police officers, firefighters, librarians, principals, and teachers.
Here are some things you can tell your kids that strangers should never say to them:
As a parent, here are some tips to help your kids stay safe:
Teach your kids: “No, Go, Yell, Tell”
While most of us are barely getting used to the warmer weather and not thinking about fall sports, that time will be upon us sooner than we know! And it seems like every year, check-ups sneak up on us all. July and August at Pediatricenter are always very busy with school sports physicals and check-ups. If you can (and if your insurance allows), give us a call NOW to schedule your child’s checkup earlier in the summer! That way, you’ll be able to get the day and time you want and won’t have to worry about last-minute forms! (We have the CYO Athletic Pre-Participation Form and the OHSAA Pre-Participation Form under the “Forms” section of our website if you’d like to print them out at home and fill them out before your appointment, too).