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Prepare children for spring allergies - not colds

While the worst of cold season may be over, there's no telling what type of illness may befall children who are running around outside, enjoying the great weather. However, there's a chance that standard spring allergies could be mistaken for colds in kids, preventing them from getting the care and medication they need.

Investments such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can help clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants that would otherwise cause respiratory problems, but parents should be aware of the symptoms that accompany spring allergies. A study from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center noted that there are several discrepancies between the signs of allergies and colds. 

"Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds, but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference," said Dr. Michelle Lierl, a pediatric allergist. "Children who have springtime or fall allergies have much more itching of their noses; they often have fits of sneezing and usually rub their noses in an upward motion. They also complain about an itchy, scratchy throat or itchy eyes, whereas with a cold, they don't."

To prevent either of these issues from striking, the report recommends minimizing outdoor activities that take place in the early morning. Pollen counts tend to be higher at this time, which can cause problems for individuals with allergies.