The Practicing Parent: Springtime Allergies

Spring is a chance to get outside and enjoy, but as the flowers and trees spring back to life so may those seasonal allergies.

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Pediatric Allergist, Dr. Brian Schroer says many kids suffer from spring allergies this time of year.

"The easiest thing for parents to notice would be sneezing and itching, but often the symptoms that bother kids the most may be stuffiness of the nose or drippiness," Dr. Schroer said.

Dr. Schroer says a child's allergy symptoms can be subtle, but may also include a cough that may be worse at night and in the morning and it may be the product of a runny nose draining into the throat.

Outdoor allergens include grasses and weeds, but Dr. Schroer says it's the tree pollens that are the culprit this time of year. To try to limit your child's exposure when pollen counts are highest. Closing the windows and running the air conditioner may help, or you can try an over the counter medication.

"Some kids with mild allergy symptoms may respond very well to over-the-counter, long-acting, non-sedating antihistamines. So, that's loratadine, tyrosine, and fexofenadine. All of which come in kids formulations and are indicated down to very young ages," Dr. Schroer said.

Practicing Parents on Facebook shared their remedies for seasonal allergies:

Matthew: Allergy meds and lots of rest

Linda: We use essential oils and take silver

Gean: Silver on a Q-tip in nose and some in hurting ears. Also in ears, tea-tree oil. A little bit mixed with warm olive oil or almond oil.

Nancy: Take probiotics daily.

Misty: A nasal rinse in the hot shower.