Allergy season can hit everyone, but young kids are often the ones that take it the hardest. This is especially true if your home’s indoor air quality is less than ideal, making everyone in the home more susceptible to the allergies of this time of year, as well as dust mite allergies. However, it may not be immediately obvious that your child is suffering from allergies, even if you can tell that they’re not feeling well. Allergy symptoms may look different from child to child, and if the child is young enough, they might not be able to tell you outright what’s going on.
Sniffling and Sneezing
Sniffling, sneezing, and runny noses are the most common symptoms of allergies, so much so that there’s really little question here. We’re all familiar with this feeling when pollen levels are particularly high. The sinuses are located beneath the face, so it’s usually the area surrounding the nose that’s most aggravated in the event that either a child or adult is suffering from allergies. If sniffling and sneezing lasts for long periods of time, there might be other allergies at play here, such as pet dander or dust mites.
This is another one that’s fairly common when it comes to allergy season. When the sinuses become inflamed, they can cause a rosy look around the cheeks and even over the nose. Of course, while it’s still winter, rosy cheeks might be common anyway. However, if the red cheeks persist even after the child has been back inside a heated home, and especially if it’s accompanied by other allergy symptoms, chances are you’re dealing with allergies.
Skin allergies are somewhat less common, but they can be an early sign that your child is dealing with allergies, particularly in the case of young children. If you notice spots that look red and dry on the face, chest, back of the scalp, arms or legs, or you notice your child scratching frequently this season, it’s a good sign that allergies are present. It could also be a sign that your home has dry air, which is a major indoor air quality problem.
Dry eyes are also a symptom of allergies, but of course, you can’t tell how your child’s eyes feel. What you can do is watch their behavior. Are they constantly rubbing their eyes or blinking frequently? This could be an issue with dry eyes. You may also notice dark circles forming under their eyes or “allergic shiners,” as they’re sometimes called.
It’s hard to beat allergy season completely, but your home should be a refuge against the outdoor world of allergies. If your indoor air quality is poor, some of those allergens could be getting into your home. You could also be exacerbating dust mite or dander allergies. Fortunately, you can resolve this by investing in an air purifier. For more information, contact Air Solutions in Bryan-College Station today.