Ask Dr. Amy: Seasonal Allergies in Children

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Allergies

Question: My eight-year-old daughter is struggling with seasonal allergies. Are there any natural approaches we can use to help her feel better? –Claire S. from Hampton, Va.

Dr. Amy: Many of my patients have been calling wondering what to do this allergy season. Depending on where you live and what’s blooming when, seasonal allergies can start in early spring and go well through the fall.

The first important step is to limit exposure to allergens. This does not mean closing your child indoors all spring and summer. When she comes in from being outdoors, encourage her to change into house clothes. And definitely leave all shoes at the door. In an allergy-sensitive person, the dust and the pollen brought indoors can aggravate symptoms.

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