Common child allergies often include a cough or sneeze, watery eyes, and a runny nose. But a child could also have red, itchy skin or even a wheeze.
An allergy occurs when is a body encounters something it doesn’t like and objects to having it around. Common child allergies may result from almost anything that can be touched, breathed, or ingested.
They may make a child feel miserable. A child can experience irritability, loss of sleep, and poor appetite. In many instances, common child allergies come before illnesses such as ear infections, asthma, and eczema.
Child Allergy Symptoms
Common child allergies can appear as early as the first few days of life. Although most show up just a bit later.
For babies, first signs of allergies include skin rashes, upset stomach, and diarrhea. Caregivers need to observe carefully babies taking bottles with a cow’s milk formula.
In toddlers and preschool children, common child allergy symptoms include red, watery and itchy eyes. You are also likely to see runny nose. As an irritation grows, common symptoms include cough, sneezing and wheezing.
Less common symptoms of child allergies include stomachaches, diarrhea, loss of appetite and loss of weight.
Severe allergies often occur in reaction to insects stings, peanuts, or dairy products. A condition known as anaphylaxis may occur. In these cases, a caregiver will see difficulty breathing, pale and clammy skin, and loss of consciousness.
Child Allergy Treatments
Carefully assess when allergic symptoms occur. Ask what contact with food, plant, product, or insect may be the cause.
Avoid any know possible child allergens, such as a dairy product, eggs or poison ivy.
If you suspect a pet allergy, read Building a Shield to Pet Allergies. Surprisingly, this article explains that owning a pet, especially a dog, can help build a resistance to allergies.
If you suspect seasonal allergies, read Dr. Tom Irons article called Spring Sneezes. This article gives specific advice about treatment for nasal allergies and discusses how allergies can progress into asthma.
If you suspect a food allergy, consider a stopping eating a food you suspect as an allergen to pinpoint food allergies. Special guidelines exist for introducing foods containing peanuts. For many children, peanuts provide a staple protein. But all parents should consider carefully introducing this food to babies.
Use antihistamines, cortisone creams, and other medications only upon medical advice.
Managing allergies includes avoiding, whenever possible what causes them and following medical advice. Also keep a good supply of tissues handy for the inevitable coughs, sneezes and runny noses.
Last, when needed, know how to handle an emergency.
Call the Doctor about Child Allergies if…
Symptoms persist in spite of attempts to avoid contact with suspected offenders.
Wheezing occurs or asthma-like symptoms.
Immediately, if signs of severe reactions develop.
Keep in Mind
Most allergies are more irritating than life threatening. However, children who do exhibit symptoms should be evaluated for a possible cause and steps taken to initiate treatment. Read more on severe allergic reactions.
If there is a potential for a severe reaction, an automatic injection system of epinephrine, such as an epi-pen, should be on hand at school and at home.