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Nurse Nancy's Notes

Spring is here and the days are getting warmer, longer and plants are starting to bloom.  With the blooming, allergies are starting to show up.  Many children have seasonal allergies.  Symptoms of seasonal allergies are running noses, red or pink eyes, itchy red raised patches of skin, coughing, wheezing and may even trigger asthma attacks.

 

Some of the more common allergens are:  pollens from trees, grasses and weeds; mold, both indoor and outdoor; dust mites that live in bedding, carpet and other items that hold moisture; animal dander from furred animals such as cats, dogs, horses, and rabbits; venom from insect stings.

 

If your child has seasonal allergies, try keeping windows closed during the pollen season, keep the house clean and dry to reduce mold or dust mites.  Avoid things that you know can set off an allergic reaction to your child.  See your pediatrician for safe and effective medicine that can help your child.

 

Have a wonderful spring and enjoy your child.  If I can help you in any way, please let me know.

 

Nurse Nancy