Fall has arrived with a violent sneeze for your child. Fall allergies are more common than you might think. Children are in a new school environment, which gives them more to sneeze at. Plus, there are fall pollen, dust mites and mold that come with the season. Fall allergies bloom in kids just when you think they’re safe. Here are the five most common fall allergies to watch for in your children.
1. Ragweed. Ragweed is easily the biggest culprit when it comes to fall allergies in children and adults alike. Ragweed pollinates in August and continues for well over a month. The pollen from ragweed can travel long distances, so even if none is nearby, your children can be at risk. If your child suffers from fall allergies, ragweed is the number one suspect.
2. Mold. Mold can accumulate under piles of wet leaves or in damp areas of the home. Children with allergies spend more time indoors during the fall season. That makes them highly susceptible to mold and other indoor allergens. Tumbling in that pile of leaves as part of autumn outdoor fun could bring on an allergic reaction as well.
3. Dust Mites. The dust bunnies are back and they’re creating havoc with your child’s allergies. After spring cleaning, the dust bunnies settle down. Accumulation through the summer months bring them back in the fall. Running the forced air furnace can do it too. Whether your child is at school, or at home, spending more time among the dust bunnies could have dust mite allergies kicking in.
4. Food Allergies. Back to school means back to school lunches. Children with allergies may forget about those foods they’re supposed to avoid when in school. Some kids will even eat foods they know cause a reaction just to fit in with friends. Some may do it absentmindedly too. Be sure to make the lunch staff aware of your child’s food allergies.
5. Trees. There are certain trees that pollinate in the fall. One of these is a type of sumac tree. You will see big bunches of pollen literally dripping from it’s branches in the autumn months. My entire family suffers from fall allergies when that pollen drops and spreads itself around Denver. We make sure to have plenty of allergy medicine in stock when this happens.
Please Note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. Her source is direct experience with fall allergies.