Many people think that just because their child still has the light of youth in their eye that there’s no way they could suffer from allergies. “Not my child,” they say, “allergies are only for adults.” While it is true that many people don’t begin suffering from allergy symptoms until after adolescence, it is also true that there are common allergies that many kids do suffer from. For parents concerned about their kid’s changes in behavior and changes in health at the outset of a new school year, it’s important to keep in close communication with teachers and nurses. There are also a few area which kids are particularly susceptible to when it comes to fall allergies.
Airborne Allergens: This one should not really be much of a surprise. Many of the airborne allergens which are attacking your kids were the same airborne allergens which attacked you as a child growing up. Our nation’s aging public schools are a feeding ground for airborne allergens including dust mites and mold spores. Chalk dust is also a prime target for kids who are going to be prone to being attacked by airborne allergens. All these factors has led to an increase in young chronic asthma cases for weak lungs in America.
Food Allergies: The glop that was served when I was a kid growing up has been rapidly replaced by pizza and ice cream every day. still food allergies are going to spring up when your child leaves the house. Unless they’re bringing their own lunch and you’ve taught them to never take candy from friends or classmates, your kids are going to eventually come into contact with something they’re allergic to. Factor in with this milk, eggs, peanut butter and the fact that many of the tools of the trade are still from the silent era and now you’re talking about a Molotov cocktail for disaster.
Hay Fever: Then you’ve got the garden variety allergy which may have already shown up before your kids were in school but are perhaps more noticed now that your child’s out of your sight all day. According to WebMD (1), hay fever is “allergy symptoms caused by ragweed, pollen, or mold” and the symptoms include “runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and dark circles under the eyes.” Hay fever is something your child could fall victim to during the early seasons of the school year.
These are all potential spots where your child may need some extra special care. Never fear though as fall allergies are just a part of getting accustomed to a child’s new surroundings and are just a part of growing up. of course your child should see their doctor for severe symptoms and if you have any concerns as a parent you need to bring them up.