Fall Allergies: The Impact of Ragweed on Our Children
Ragweed is the most common pollen responsible for causing allergy symptoms from mid-August through mid-October. As adults with ragweed allergy, we get stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, sinus pressure, and so on. We know how it impacts us and we push through.
However, how do we know the real impact that these allergies have on our children? For instance, what about ragweed and children?
We can see when our children are sneezing, sniffling, and coughing, but we truly don’t understand the influence of these symptoms on our children’s lives. We know that one of the most common areas affected by allergies is sleep. I experienced this first hand as my son woke up sneezing non-stop at 4:45 in the morning the other day. You can imagine, neither I nor my son was in top form the next day. Allergies can lead to a lack of sleep which makes children more exhausted during the day.
I always tell parents of children with allergies that don’t have allergies themselves to imagine yourself with a permanent cold that just won’t go away for the allergy season. That is what your child feels like.
How productive are you when you have a cold? Can you think as clearly as you would like? Doesn’t being sick make you irritable or edgy? That is what your child feels like, but can’t vocalize to you directly. This can lead to the deterioration of relationships at home and poor school performance.
Often I hear parents complaining that their child is hyperactive, but it just started in the past few months. Once again, if it is coinciding with the pollen season, their child’s ͞hyperactivity could be related to allergy symptoms-runny nose, congestion, etc. rather than a hyperactivity disorder such as ADHD. Though if a child does have ADHD, allergies can make the symptoms worse during the pollen season.
These are some of the reasons why it is so important to treat our children’s allergies.
Where do you start?
Find an allergist that you can work with to help your child. Focus on your child’s environment, primarily their bedroom, with interventions such as keeping the windows closed during the pollen season, finding out what allergens are in the child’s bedroom, having the child take a shower after coming in for the day.
We always say that children are our future. Let’s work together to help them have the brightest, allergy-free future that they can.AirAnswer.com provides in-home allergen testing to help you and your family get to the bottom of what may be making you sick!