Published July 22, 2008
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Allergy season in many areas of the US has had a big impact on all of allergy sufferers, particularly on children.As children often spend a larger amount of time outdoors during the summertime they may be more so affected by the onslaught of daytime seasonal pollens and mold spores.
If one parent has allergies there is at least a 25 to 33 percent chance of the child developing allergies and the risk goes up over 50 to 75 percent if both parents are allergic sufferers.So family history is a key factor in whether or not your children will develop seasonal allergies, indoor allergies and/or asthma.
Recent studies have looked at impaired sleep as a result of poor breathing due to congested nasal and sinus passages during the night.This may have a direct impact on daytime behavior and performance in the classroom.Fatigue and daytime drowsiness may also be a sign of sleep disturbances that occur due to poorly controlled allergies.
Some suggestions I typically discuss with the parents of children suffering from seasonal allergies are:
Change clothes after spending time in the park where pollens are plentiful
Washing hair and taking a bath later in the day after being outside on a "high pollen day
* Pre-treat to prevent daily symptoms during peak seasonal pollen periods
Vacation at peak allergy times by a body of water such as a lake, river or by the beach, where pollen levels are typically lower
* Ask your pediatrician or allergist if your child should be on "anti-inflammatory" nasal sprays to reduce congestion from seasonal allergies that may assist in better quality sleep at night
Dr. Clifford W. Bassett is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Long Island College Hospital and on the faculty of NYU School of Medicine.He is the current vice chair for public education committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. No information in this blog is intended to diagnose or treat any condition.