Pollen from trees, weeds and grasses floats in the air. During warm weather, these allergens get in your child's eyes, nose and throat.
For most people, this causes no problems. If your child has allergies, these allergens cause a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and watery eyes.
Symptoms of hay fever are:
There is no cure for hay fever, but there are triggers that can make your child's hay fever worse. You can understand the triggers and learn how to avoid or control them.
Hay fever triggers include:
Oral and nasal decongestants aren't recommended for children younger than 6 years old.
There are two common types of hay fever medicines:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic