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April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring out boxes of tissues. It's hay-fever season, and sneezing and itchy eyes can make kids miserable. Spring is also tough for the 5 million children in the U.S. who have asthma, because about half of their bouts of breathing problems are triggered by pollen and other airborne allergens. Your child's wheezing or sneezing may ease up once this peak allergy season has passed, but kids can be bothered by asthma and allergies all year long. "Every season brings a different set of irritants and allergens," says Stanley Fineman, M.D., a pediatric allergist in Atlanta. The right medications will provide relief, but there's a tremendous amount you can do to prevent symptoms before they start.
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