CLEVELAND - There may be snow on the ground now, but it's still springtime. And as soon as it warms up, kids will be back outside enjoying the weather.
But that also means as the flowers and trees come back to life, your kids could start showing allergy symptoms.
Pediatricians say some can be subtle, including a cough that may be worse at night. This could be caused by a runny nose that drains into their throats. Doctors say tree pollen, grass and weeds are the culprit this time of year. Limiting your child's exposure when pollen counts are highest can help.
Closing the windows and running the central air may also help, or you can try an over-the-counter medication.
"Some kids with mild allergy symptoms may respond very well to over-the-counter, long-acting, non-sedating antihistamines. So, that's loratadine, tyrosine, and fexofenadine. All of which come in kids formulations and are indicated down to very young ages," said one pediatrician.
If over-the-counter antihistamines don't work, you should talk to your pediatrician about other options for relief.