The runny nose hasn’t let up for weeks, that nagging cough is never-ending — and nothing you do can stop those tiny fingers from rubbing those watery, red eyes. Instead of a cold, your little one could be suffering from allergies, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis. And lots of children (even very young children) end up having them: Plant pollen causes an allergic reaction in up to 40 percent of kids, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Can babies have seasonal allergies?
Allergies to inhaled substances are rare among infants in their first year. Babies are much more likely to experience allergies to foods and eczema, particularly if you have a family history of allergies, asthma, hay fever or eczema.
When do seasonal allergies develop in babies?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), seasonal rhinitis symptoms can pop up in kids as young as 2 but usually appear during a child’s early school years.