Allergies affect schoolwork

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Though nasal allergies may not seem like a major health issue, they can have a big impact on your child's quality of life. In fact, a recent survey of 1,000 families found that allergies affected everything from children's sleep to school attendance to participation in sports.

The standout statistic was the one that dealt with schoolwork. Two thirds of parents who had children with allergies said that when symptoms were bothering their children, schoolwork suffered. But when symptoms were under control, nearly all of the parents reported their children did well in school.

Because allergy symptoms can lead to asthma down the road, it's a good idea to talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner if you suspect allergies. Until then, you can limit the allergens in your home by making just a few small changes. Keep bedroom doors closed at all times (sorry kitty!) and run an air filter. Use allergen-reducing covers on pillows and mattresses. Dust and vacuum frequently to reduce the presence of dust mites. And use an air conditioner when pollen counts are high.

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