Allergic Rhinitis

What is allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is a reaction that occurs when your child breathes in something they are allergic to, like dust, dander or pollen. Sometimes, allergic rhinitis is called hay fever.

  • Almost always genetic
  • Affects up to 20 percent of children and 30 percent of adolescents
  • It's estimated that 75 percent of children with asthma also have allergic rhinitis

There are two types of allergic rhinitis.


  • Occurs mostly during pollen seasons.
  • Doesn't usually develop until after 6 years of age.


  • Occurs throughout the year
  • Commonly seen in younger children

How we care for allergic rhinitis

At Boston Children's, allergy disorders are tackled by a team approach, coordinating care with immunotherapy, behavior modification and investigational therapies. In addition, we offer numerous workshops and one-on-one consultations to help you and your child learn to live with chronic rhinitis. Boston Children's is widely recognized as one of the world leaders in allergy and immunology treatment and research.