Spring Allergies and ADHD

A sneeze here, a sniffle there, and itchy red eyes everywhere…sounds like a Dr. Seuss book doesn’t it? Actually, it’s just allergy season here in Central Texas.

Allergy symptoms can be hard on a child, even affecting their brain and ability to do schoolwork, and especially so if they already suffer from ADHD or another developmental disorder such as autism.

There may be a link between children suffering from ADHD experiencing more severe seasonal allergy symptoms than those who do not according to research from the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (ACAAI).

This congestion coupled with constant sneezing can create a sort of “brain fog” in kids who already have a hard time focusing and are easily distracted. 

A good way to combat allergies is to prepare for them. This may include allergy medication to alleviate symptoms before the season even starts. If your child takes regular prescriptions to manage their ADHD, ask your physician about which allergy meds are best and won’t interfere.

Other simple ways to limit exposure to allergens include:

             Watch those pollen counts and limit outside events when allergens are the highest.

             Have kids change their clothes when they come home from school and (try) to wash their hair daily during peak allergy season.

             Keep bedroom windows closed on high-pollen count days.

             Wash pets regularly who spend time outdoors to prevent pollen from being carried inside. 

If you have concerns about your child’s allergy medicines and their regular ADHD medicines, or if they suffer from seasonal headaches and migraines, please contact us for an appointment with one of our specialists.

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