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Watch for allergy symptoms in kids

(HealthDay) -- Allergies aren't just a spring affliction. They can strike in the fall, too. And, the American Academy of Pediatrics says lots of symptoms can tell you if your child is suffering an allergic reaction.

Besides frequent sneezing and itchy eyes, look for: hives that last a few hours and then reappear on other parts of the body; patches of red, crusty skin that ooze fluids; cold-like symptoms that last a week or more; respiratory troubles, including wheezing and coughing, and unexplained abdominal problems such as cramps and diarrhea.

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, check with your doctor. A range of medications, from antihistamines to decongestants, can help, as can allergy shots.

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