Pay attention to the signs of persistent flu infection seen in children in the spring-summer months! Experts emphasize that in such cases, the possibility of allergic rhinitis is high and a diagnosis must be made.
Stating that the increase in allergic diseases has accelerated in recent years, Pediatric Health and Diseases Pediatric Allergy Specialist from Medigold Sultan Hospital. Belgin Aktaş said that getting away from nature brought by modern life, spending more time at home and eating habits with unnatural products play an important role in this.
Obsession with hygiene harms children.
Mentioning that parents’ being extremely careful about hygiene can harm children instead of benefiting them, Dr. Belgin Aktaş said, “We see that mothers pay great attention to hygiene by considering the health of their children. However, this can often do more harm than good. Children’s immunity to microbes is suppressed.” said.
Spring allergies should not be neglected.
Stating that the symptoms of spring allergy can be confused with the common cold by families and neglected ‘with the thought that it will pass anyway’, Dr. Belgin Aktaş, “Generally, the perception of symptoms as recurrent cold attacks, approaches such as cold medications or allergy syrups given without revealing the cause of allergy cause delay in treatment.” he said.
It can turn into asthma over time.
The most typical spring allergy is allergic rhinitis, which is popularly known as hay fever. Dr. Aktaş stated that most of the children with allergic rhinitis also have allergic rhinitis, adding, “In some children, these allergens can also cause asthma symptoms or an allergic reaction on the skin. When the treatment is delayed, allergic rhinitis can lead to many problems from asthma to sinusitis, fluid accumulation in the middle ear and related hearing loss, from a decrease in school success to distraction, concentration disorder and sleep disorders. Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is a chronic disease of childhood with an increasing frequency. If your child has persistent flu symptoms in the spring-summer months, the probability of allergic rhinitis is very high. It is not possible to treat allergy with drugs given for trial purposes without a definite allergy detection. Allergic rhinitis is likely to turn into asthma over time. For this reason, spring allergy should be suspected in cases of sneezing, runny nose, redness and watering in the eyes lasting more than two weeks and a doctor should be consulted. If a doctor is not consulted, the allergen is not adequately protected, regular drug treatment is not applied, and if the child smokes near the child, the danger increases.” used the phrases.
Watch out for these signs!
Addressing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, Dr. Belgin Aktaş,” Long-term clear nasal discharge, nasal congestion; itching of the nose, lips, throat and palate, the formation of horizontal lines called allergic salute by constantly pushing the nose up due to itching, nasal discharge, sneezing fits, feeling of pressure or pain on the face, itching in the eyes, transparent watering, redness, swelling under the eyes and bluish-purple color change, It shows symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, wheezing (asthma symptoms), deterioration in sleep quality.” provided information.
Do not interrupt the treatment because it is relieved.
Pointing out that the treatment of seasonal allergies is three-pronged, Aktaş said, “The most basic approach in treatment is to cut off contact with the sensitive allergen. The second is the medication prescribed by your doctor. The third pillar is the desensitization method with vaccines. Unfortunately, the allergic body cannot be completely eliminated with the treatment applied. Therefore, the main goal of treatment is to control the disease. Children recover rapidly with the treatment applied, and the frequency and severity of the complaints decrease. However, you need to be careful to use the drugs your doctor recommends for your child to use during the pollen season, not for a short time, but in the appropriate time and dose, because when the symptoms are over, stopping it only provides a short-term solution.
If the environmental precautions are not taken enough when the drug is stopped in the drug treatment, the allergy can flare up again. Vaccine therapy, administered as a needle or sublingual drop, is a very important form of treatment that can prevent new allergen sensitization and the development of asthma. However, this treatment decision and follow-up must be made by a pediatric allergist. Since allergic diseases are long-term, that is, chronic diseases, in order to get good results from the treatment, the definitive diagnosis of the allergy must be made by the pediatric allergist and the treatment should be planned.” used the phrases.
Ways to protect your child from allergens during pollen season.
· Do not take it out as much as possible when pollen is high. Especially be careful not to be in green areas.
· Since the pollen density is high in the early morning and late evening, be careful when ventilating your home.
A thin layer of Vaseline applied to the outer part of the nose and around the eyes can cause the pollen to stick and reduce its entry into the body a little.
When you go out, you can use a pollen mask that covers your mouth and nose, and you can use sunglasses that cover the side of your eyes.
· Do not dry clothes outside during pollen season.
· When he comes home from outside, change his clothes and take a shower. Make sure that the clothes he takes off are not left in the bedroom. Although it is not possible to take a shower at that time, it will be useful to wash your mouth and nose.
· Humidify your home, as hot-dry home air will increase symptoms.
Avoid keeping furry animals and plants in your home.
Make sure that the duvet and blanket are cotton and synthetic instead of wool, and wash the bedding at 60 degrees every week.
· Vacuum, wipe and dust your house frequently.
· Never smoke inside the house.
Cleaning your nose frequently with saline (saline ocean water) can alleviate their complaints.
Come on guys, wash your hands.
Infections are common in the spring months, especially in children with allergies. Hygiene and frequent hand washing are among the most effective ways to prevent infections in every period. Because germs are mostly transmitted by hand and mouth. For this reason, it is necessary to pay great attention to hand and face cleaning, and especially parents should teach their children this very important rule. Stating that parents should not come into contact with their children without washing their hands and face when they come home, Dr. Belgin Aktaş said, “Children who go to school carry infections to their younger siblings. We should remind children to wash their hands frequently. We, too, can prevent infection in our children by wearing masks when we feel symptoms such as runny nose, malaise and sneezing.” said.
A healthy and balanced diet is essential.
Emphasizing the importance of strengthening immunity in children with allergic structures, Aktaş said, “For this, a healthy and balanced diet should be given importance. A good and balanced diet ensures that the immune system is strengthened in every period. Foods such as yogurt and kefir strengthen the intestinal flora thanks to the probiotics they contain. It provides protection from many infectious diseases, especially diarrhea. Vitamin C also strengthens the immune system. Fresh fruits and vegetables are important sources of vitamin C. By the way, don’t forget vitamin D. Because vitamin D also provides protection from infections, strengthens the immune system. In sunny weather, we should not deprive ourselves and our children of the sun. We should benefit from direct sun for half an hour a day. Exercise is an important element in the prevention of spring diseases. Exercise supports the immune system. For this reason, it is beneficial to direct children to activities such as walking and cycling in the fresh air. Avoiding contact with sick people, avoiding closed and crowded environments, not sending the sick child to school, airing the classrooms frequently and regularly, avoiding sweaty clothes and changing sweaty clothes are also of great importance in preventing diseases. provided information.