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Outdoor Seasonal Allergies in Children

Outdoor seasonal allergies in children are caused by pollen, a powdery substance released into the air by weeds, trees, and grass. The good news is that different kinds of pollen will only surface during certain times of the year.

Knowing your child’s allergy triggers and when pollen counts change can help you and your child’s pediatrician manage his or her symptoms.

    Weed pollen allergy
    Grass pollen allergy
    Tree pollen allergy

Managing your child’s seasonal allergies

Kids love to be outdoors. Here are a few tips to help you keep allergies from getting in the way of their fun in the sun:

  • Scan the playground:If your child has seasonal allergies, scan the playground for non– allergy-friendly grass, trees, or flowers and then steer your child away
  • Be prepared for anything:Prevent a playdate from getting cut short. Keep your child’s allergy medication, tissues, cough drops, and eye drops on hand
  • Know the pollen count:Pollen levels change often. And when they do, so can your child’s symptoms. Use the Allergy Forecast – Pollen Count tool to track how much mold and pollen is in the air on a given day
  • Stay out of the wind:Stay inside on windy days when pollen counts are high; wind can also blow pollen further
  • Avoid the outdoors during peak pollen times:Pollen production peaks in the late morning and early afternoon. If you can, plan to limit your child’s outdoor exposure during those times of day
  • Keep the outdoors outside:Teach your kids to leave their shoes at the door. Pollen can also collect on clothes and hair during outdoor play. Have your child take a shower and change into clean clothes when he or she reenters the home. After washing clothes, use a dryer instead of leaving them outside to line dry
  • Clear the air:In the car, keep windows closed and switch the air conditioning setting to recirculate. At home, keep windows and doors closed and use an air purifier or air conditioner to eliminate allergens from the house
  • Plant a hypoallergenic garden:Not all flowers and shrubs cause allergic reactions. Some allergy-friendly flowers include begonias, cacti, geraniums, irises, lilies, pansies, and tulips. Allergy-friendly shrubs include azaleas, boxwoods, hibiscus, and hydrangeas

Do they sneeze in the house? Find out about indoor year-round allergies

Keep track of what’s making them suffer

Does your child get allergies at the playground? On your lawn? In a friend’s backyard? The Smart Allergy MomTM Toolkit Symptom Tracker can help you and your child’s pediatrician pinpoint your child’s allergy triggers.

Download the Symptom Tracker (PDF)

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