"With allergies, usually children don’t experience fever and the symptoms last longer than a week," Esswein said. "You should also take note of the appearance of any nasal discharge, which is usually watery and clear if allergy related, but thick and white when a virus is present."
While it’s hard to stay indoors when the weather is nice, by taking certain precautions you can limit exposure:
It’s nearly impossible to shield eliminate all exposure to pollen. But the good news is treatment with medication can help manage allergy symptoms.
Esswein recommends starting with over-the-counter medications. "There are many options that won’t make you drowsy," she said. "If that doesn’t seem to be effective, talk to your doctor about a prescription medication that would be a good fit."
To achieve the best results, start your allergy medication before pollen is present and continue taking it everyday throughout the season. Typically, spring allergy season starts in mid-March and peaks in mid-April. However, weather can make a difference. A warm spring could bring pollen earlier and a late freeze could delay the production of pollen. Watch the weather and adjust the start date of medication accordingly.
It’s also important for parents to know that allergies shouldn’t be a free pass to miss school. Talk to your pediatrician if allergy symptoms are interfering with your child’s ability to participate in daily activities and school.