Children are especially vulnerable to seasonal allergies, so be prepared, expert says
SUNDAY, April 5 (HealthDay News) -- Spring can be challenging if your child is one of the more than 35 million Americans with hay fever. But a bit of preparation can help the youngster enjoy being outside, one expert says.
This involves three steps, explained Dr. Clay Stallworth, a pediatrician with MCG Pediatric Primary Care Associates and MCGHealth Children's Medical Center in Augusta, Ga.:
Allergies tend to run in families. If both parents have allergies, their children have a 75 percent to 80 percent chance of developing allergies, Stallworth noted. The risk drops to 40 percent if one parent is allergic. Children usually develop seasonal allergies at 5 to 6 years old, but they can develop them at any age, even as adults, he added.
Signs of allergies include:
The best way to prevent allergies is to limit exposure, and Stallworth outlined some ways to do that:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about seasonal allergies.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: MCGHealth, news release, March 2009
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