Studies have shown that Children with asthma and pollen related allergies are more likely to wheeze, cough and have shortness of breath and other asthma-related symptoms, even when pollen levels are considered low. Parents and children need to be aware and careful in all seasons.
Despite daily medications, children with pollen sensitivities are 37 percent more likely to have upper respiratory symptoms when pollen in the air is low. It’s common sense that if a child is asthmatic and allergic to pollen, when they’re exposed to pollen, they would be at risk of asthmatic symptoms.
Asthma affects more than 22 million people, and nearly six million of the 22 million are children. Symptoms can be brought on by irritants in the air, both outside and inside. Air pollution, dust, pet dander and smoke are all irritants that affect asthmatics.
To get a better picture of pollen exposures, every year during the peak of the pollen season, which runs from late March to early October, researchers used a model to analyze the amount of pollen within 1.2 miles of each child’s home. Researchers also tracked daily and seasonal weather, foliage, when pollen seasons began and ended and peak pollen periods.
Among children with sensitivities to particular types of pollen, even small amounts of pollen in the air could trigger asthma symptoms. Children not on maintenance medication who were sensitive to grass pollen wheezed, coughed and had trouble breathing and other nighttime symptoms when they were exposed to more than two grains per cubic meter of grass pollen.Children on daily maintenance therapy and sensitive to weed pollen could have similar symptoms and a need for rescue medication when pollen levels were higher.
Parents are urged to take extra precautions to protect their asthmatic children who are also allergic to pollen even in the non-high pollen months. Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing, indoors and out. Parents need to keep children inside or away from certain triggers when they know that they are at an increased risk for symptoms to flare up.