High Pollen Levels Spike Allergies In Kids

High Pollen Levels Spike Allergies In Kids

The playground at Sandy's Little Darlings Daycare hasn't seen a lot of action in the last few days.

Instead the kids have been cooped up inside for most of the day where they are far away from the trees.

"We were all playing out yesterday and we are all suffering major today with sneezing and dry coughs," said Sandy Cadena, the owner of Sandy's Little Darlings.

A scale of one through 12 measures how much the weather can put you at risk of getting allergies. Today the pollen level in Wichita Falls is around 10. That's almost as high as you can get. Cadena says the pollen has made her job harder. She wants to keep the kids allergy free but the state requires her to take them outside for at least 15 to 30 minutes.

Cadena says, "Some really get whiny because they don't feel well. I basically try not to take the children out for a long period of time. As soon as I see them coughing and sneezing we come inside but still they have to have vitamin D from the sun."

Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Cameron Godfrey says if your kids are allergy prone you should give them over the counter antihistamine before they go spend time outside. Another tip? Keep your windows and doors closed. Godfrey says you and your child should also take a shower right when you get home because pollen sticks to clothes and hair. Pets also carry pollen around so keep them outside and like Cadena, always keep track of pollen levels.

"So I can prepare for that day and see if I'll be able to take the children out for a long period or just a short period of time because again, pollen control is just so hard on us," said Cadena.

Experts say right now most of the pollen is coming from trees but the allergy risk will get even higher at the beginning of summer as weeds and grass continue to grow.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6