Combine the reproductive passions of flowers and fungi along with
some human immunoglobulin, mast cells and histamines, and you
have a recipe for pesky allergies.
Seasonal rhinitis, also called hay fever, is an allergic reaction to pollen
from trees, grasses, and weeds. One of the most obvious symptoms in
spring: red, itchy eyes. Tempting as it is for kids (and adults) to want to
rub them, don’t: it can cause real damage and only makes matters worse.
It’s much better to address the issue at its source. When the nice weather
arrives, close windows to help keep out allergens and use recirculating
fans or air-conditioners instead. Showering and washing hair at night
reduces the chance of prolonged concentrated exposure to pollen while
While you’re outside, wearing glasses or sunglasses can act as a barrier
and lessen the chance of pollen contacting your eyes. Contact lens wearers
can be disproportionately affected by allergies, even established and
successful wearers, so limiting wear time or switching to a daily
disposable contact lens might be in order.
A number of over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops are effective for
eye allergy relief. Pataday is approved for ages 2 and up. Cold compresses
over closed eyes can also be comforting. Need some help in how to
administer eye drops to your child? Ask us to show you how at their
next eye exam!