How To Manage Your Kids’ Allergies?

allergyAllergies in kids have many symptoms. A kid’s nose can be either stuffed up or won’t stop running.

They may be sneezing uncontrollably. Their eyes can be itchy, red, and watery at the same time.

Sometimes allergies get to the point where they can cause a sore throat and coughing.

Kids will complain that their head hurts. All of these symptoms resemble a cold so it is sometimes hard for parents to recognize that they have allergies.

Check to see if your kid has a fever or a green discharge from their runny nose. If they do have a fever or discharge then it is probably a cold.

Triggers

Several triggers can make kids’ allergies act up. A kid can inhale something that triggers their allergies such as ragweed, pet dander, fragrances, and chemicals that have strong odors. Other triggers only have to come in contact with a kid’s skin.

These include poison ivy, latex, topical ointments, and botanical extracts among many others.  Some medications can bring on an allergic reaction. Different types of foods can cause allergies to flare up. Peanuts, shrimp, strawberries, and milk are just a few that can bring on symptoms.

Pet Allergies

Kids, believe it or not, can be allergic to their own pets. Allergic reactions are more common when owning a cat. Allergen from a dog is in his saliva and allergen from a cat is from their dander.

Watch your children closely when they are playing with these animals and if they develop symptoms then they are probably allergic.

To prevent allergy symptoms from occurring try washing your pet regularly, vacuum your home more than usual, and ask your kids’ pediatrician what would be a good medication for this.

Seasonal and Indoor Allergies

Not all kids have allergies all the time. Some kids have what they call seasonal allergies.   Seasonal allergies are brought on by pollen, mold, and grass and usually show up in the spring and fall.

Another form of allergies is indoor allergies that can come from dust mites, cockroaches, indoor types of mold, among other things. To find the cause of indoor allergies you need to check all over your home.

You will probably see places where dust has accumulated that you missed when you dusted.  Check damp areas in the home such as bathrooms and basements for indoor mold. Taking care of these problems will help your kid with their allergies.

Prevention

Make sure you find out what is triggering your kids’ allergies so you can help to prevent them. Taking your kid to a reputable pediatrician is the best way to find out.

It doesn’t matter what age your kid is they can be tested for allergies. Testing is done by testing the skin or taking a blood test.

Getting children tested is only necessary if you can’t figure out what is causing the symptoms. A lot of allergies can be prevented by keeping your kids away from their allergy trigger.

Some kids’ allergies require medications to relieve the symptoms or prevent symptoms from re-occurring. Allergies can sometimes be treated with over the counter medications. Allergies can be manageable with the right care.

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