Common Concerns

Runny Nose


Allergies are common in children – in fact, allergic disorders rank first among children’s chronic diseases. Any child may become allergic, but children from families with a history of allergy are more likely to be allergic. Allergies can show up in different ways in children. Symptoms may be as minor as sneezing and itching or they can be more severe such as skin rashes, asthma or hay fever. The causes of allergies are not well understood. Children get allergies from coming into contact with allergens. Some of the more common allergens are:

  • Pollens
  • Molds
  • House dust mites
  • Animal dander and saliva
  • Chemicals used in industry
  • Some foods and medicines
  • Venom from insect stings

Allergies vs Cold Symptoms
Allergies usually appear for longer periods of time and include:

  • An itchy, runny nose with thin, clear nasal discharge and/or a stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Repeated attacks of sneezing and itching of nose, eyes, or skin that last for weeks or months
  • No fever
  • Often seasonal (spring, summer, fall before frost)

On the other hand, cold symptoms usually last for a shorter period of time. Cold symptoms include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Nasal discharge that is usually clear initially but can turn colored and thick
  • A duration of 3 to 10 days, with or without fever
  • Occasional sneezing
  • Absence of itching

There are many good medicines to treat allergies and asthma. Some, like antihistamines, are available over-the-counter. They may help relieve many of the symptoms of hay fever and eczema, especially itchy, sneezing, and runny nose. Other kinds of medications must be prescribed.

No matter what treatment you use, you can help your child live a happy, healthy life by working closely with your doctor to prevent problems, avoiding triggers and providing appropriate medications.


Common Concerns

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Caring for Your Newborn


Coughs & Colds


Dietary Guidelines

Ear Pain



Flu Facts

Milk Allergy

Runny Nose

Pink Eye


Sore Throat

Vaccines for Adolescence


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