Wow, the pollen count is high right now. Spring and Fall are the worst times for allergies in Southeast Texas. Allergies are not illness. If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, please consider treating their symptoms before school with an allergy medication. Our clinics are seeing lots of complaints of allergy symptoms this time of year and lots of kids are missing valuable class time.
We will make sure they don't have a fever and ask them to blow their nose often, drink water and if their nose gets chapped from too much blowing, then they can put a layer of vaseline on it.
Symptoms you may see your child with may include reddened eyes, stuffy noses, sore throats, sneezing, coughing and/or fatigue; ear "popping" or pain (related to sinus pressure due to seasonal allergies) in addition to clear nasal drainage and a possible headache and/or stomachache related to the sinus pressure and drainage flowing into the stomach. Some children can even vomit from the drainage.
Please remind them to:
- Blow their noses instead of sniffing and snorting the mucous back in
- Drink lots of water
- Wash their hands with soap and water or keep them clean with hand sanitizer
- Wipe their nose and eyes with tissues instead of their hands/fingers
- Splash/rinse itchy eyes with cool water
- Cover their mouth when sneezing/coughing with their elbow instead of their hand
If OTC allergy treatments are not helping, consider following up with your child's physician or an allergist.
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