Is it a Cold or a Fall Allergy?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Allergy season is upon us. As parents you have to keep an eye on your child's symptoms.
Air Date: 10/8/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Is it a Cold or a Fall Allergy?
Allergy season is upon us, not to mention the constant threat of pollen, pol­lutants, and dust that saturates the air you breathe.

Most children and adults are unaffected by these intruders. For a large number of children, however, these simple contaminants can make life miser­able.

As parents, it's important to keep an eye on your child's symptoms.

Coughing, wheezing and watery eyes are just a few symptoms that could be affecting your child.

Allergies can result in various types of conditions. Some are easy to identify by the pattern of symptoms that invariably follows exposure to a particular substance; others are more subtle and may masquerade as other conditions.

Here are some common clues that should lead you to suspect your child has an allergy:
  • Patches of bumps or itchy, red skin that won’t go away.
  • Development of hives, which are intensely itchy skin eruptions that usually last for a few hours and move from one part of the body to another.
  • Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, and throat clearing, that last more than a week or two or develop at about the same time every year.
  • Nose-rubbing, sniffling, snorting, sneezing, or drippy nose.
  • Itchy, runny eyes.
Dr. Corinn Cross discusses your child's allergies and how you can help manage the symptoms.

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