Spring is in the air, which means, at least in my family, listening to a chorus of sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. I originally assumed the pollen covering my front porch was to blame, but when I asked my kids' doctor about that sniffling, sneezing, and coughing, I was surprised to learn that the pollen is an unlikely culprit. Turns out, there are signs a kid has indoor allergies, and my kids are showcasing every single one of them.
While most of us associate allergies with the pollen that blows around each spring, or the mold that lurks in piles of leaves each fall, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), many allergy triggers — dust mites, animal dander, mold, household cleaners, smoke — actually lurk inside your house, and can cause year-round symptoms. BabyCenter reports that common signs of indoor allergies are chronic stuffy noses and ear infections that don't seem to get better with the changing season. And unfortunately for pet lovers, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) warns that you can't even assume that so-called "hypoallergenic pets" are immune from causing your child to sneeze or sniffle. Other signs of indoor allergies, per the ACAAI, include rashes, like hives and eczema, and even snoring.
The good news is that if your kid has indoor allergies, there are things you can do to make your home less triggering, and treatments like antihistamines and immunotherapy that can help give them short- and long-term relief. For more on what symptoms you can look for, read on: