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My family and I are no strangers to allergies.  We’ve got them all – food allergies, medication allergies to seasonal allergies.  Given our family history, the combination can cause a lot of anxiety for our family, especially surrounding the little Mister.  Our family is always on high alert when it comes to allergic reactions but come fall/winter time, distinguishing between a common cold and allergies can be difficult.  With the kids’ back to school (the little Mister’s first foray into a school setting too!) and germs rearing its ugly head in full force, we’re all too nervous.  OTC Safety has come up with these handy dandy info-graphics to help navigate the confusion.

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 The key indicators being a fever or body aches which seasonal allergies would not have.

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If you notice every year around this time that your family is suffering from the above symptoms, you can be sure that you’ve got seasonal fall allergies and not a common cold.  It’s not uncommon for someone to suddenly develop a new seasonal allergy too.  I was always a fall allergen sufferer, but this past spring, my eyes were watering, nose was itchy — I was now reacting to the spring season.

Whether you’re treating allergies or a cold, it’s always best to consult with your doctor to make sure you and your family are taking the correct medication and dosing.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Many allergy medications like cetirizine, chlorpheniramine, diphenhydramine are not approved for use for children under the age of 6.
  • You should never give cold or cough medicine to a child under the age of 4
  • Some oral allergy medicines may cause excitability or nervousness and some may cause drowsiness.  If you are concerned about any of these side effects, speak with your doctor.
  • Never use any allergy medicine to sedate or make a child sleepy.
  • Never give aspirin-containing products to children and adolescents for cold or flu symptoms unless told to do so by a doctor.
  • Always use the correct measuring device, never a spoon.

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Visit OTCSafety.org for a bevy of important information for parents on medicine and medicine safety.  For more information on treating allergies this season visit: http://otcsafety.org/en/treatments/allergy-medicines/

{ disclosure: I received compensation for this post as part of the CHPA OTC Safety Ambassador Program.  All the opinions reflected here are always my own. Images courtesy of OTCSafety.org. }