Kids and allergies, by the season

This year-round guide will tell you what common allergens you can expect and when.

For the millions of SA children with seasonal allergies, a change of season means more than a change of scenery. Differences in temperature and rainfall affect the pollination periods of plants and the growth of mould spores, which are common allergy triggers. Knowing what allergens dominate each season can help you understand what may be causing your child’s allergic reaction and how to better prepare them for different times of the year.

“One thing that is common to seasonal allergies is that particular pollens increase at particular times of the year, usually coinciding with season” says Prof Claudia Gray allergist at the UCT Lung Institute and director of AFSA.

The following is a seasonal guide to some of the most common allergens and tips to help your child manage them.