Children Allergy

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An allergy is a reaction that your body's immune system has to otherwise harmless substances. When a substance causes an allergic reaction it is referred to as an allergen.

Because a child's immune system is not yet mature, there is a higher probability of allergies to certain things developing. Children that are allergic to milk, eggs, and wheat usually outgrow these allergies beyond age 6, but others allergies may last a lifetime.

Allergy Symptoms in Children

  • Swelling and redness at contact site
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Diarrhea, cramps, and gas (if the allergen is consumed)
  • In case of suspected allergy, you may consult with your pediatrician.

    Diagnosis of Allergy in Infants

    Allergy tests in contact with that may cause a reaction. Identifying a food allergy should be straight forward, but airborne allergens may be more difficult to pinpoint.

    If your child exhibits allergy symptoms after playing outdoors, it could be pollen that is causing the reaction. Allergy symptoms in the morning may be a sign that the allergen is in the bed sheets in the form of a detergent or fabric softener. Dust can also be a cause of allergies.

    Treatment of Children's Allergies

    The best thing to do would be to prevent the child from being in contact with the allergens that cause the reaction. A pediatrician may recommend an antihistamine at the proper dosage for your child, should you need to relieve symptoms of an allergy that has already occurred.

    If the attack is severe enough that the child experiences difficulty breathing, it may be a potentially life threatening event and he or she should be taken to see a doctor immediately.