How to tell if your child or baby has allergies

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How to tell if your child or baby has allergies

Children and babies are prone to colds, sniffles and bugs, so it’s normal if sometimes you notice them coughing or sneezing. Sometimes parents can confuse the symptoms of a cold or flu, with  an allergic reaction.  An allergy is not just an annoying experience for your little one but could be dangerous. In some cases it can even cause a severe reaction – anaphylactic shock, which includes symptoms such as swelling and difficulty in breathing. Learn how to differentiate a cold or an upset stomach and allergy, by understanding the triggers and symptoms.

Pet allergies

It is a lovely that your child has a pet friend to grow up with, but sometimes they may  have an allergic reaction to his/her pet. It is an immune reaction to animal saliva, urine or dander (hair itself isn’t an allergen, but it may “pick up” some other allergens from its environment). The symptoms are watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing and coughing. Majority of asthma cases are triggered by an animal allergy in early childhood, so be sure to consult a doctor. Also, if the allergen comes in contact with child’s skin, allergy may display as a rush.

Food allergies

When it comes to babies with food allergies, or sensitivities,be sure to introduce need foods slowing to determine if they are allergic. The most common food allergens for children are milk and peanuts. Other triggers can also be fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, wheat and soy.  Peanuts, shellfish, fish and tree nuts allergies that usually last a lifetime and cause the most severe reactions.  Many times allergies such as milk and eggs are often outgrown.

Cosmetic products allergies

When the allergen is cosmetic product the reaction is usually reflected on a child’s skin. Skin allergies are demonstrated in several forms: allergic rash, eczema and swelling (insect bite). Eczema is a rush on the face and head which can spread to the arms and torso. It can be caused by rough fabrics, soaps, shampoos and creams, detergents and some food. An allergic rush is reflected after a kid touches something he/she is allergic to (cosmetics, oak, nickel, etc.). The best way to prevent this sort of allergies is to avoid possible triggers and switch to organic skin care.

Pollen and grass allergies

Children may also be exposed to seasonal allergies (hay fever ), but they don’t usually appear until a child is at least 3 years old. The symptoms that can indicate your kid is facing with seasonal allergy are sneezing, coughing, itchy nose and throat, runny nose and congestion. If you notice them every year at the same time, you can be sure that your child is allergic. When a child, beside these symptoms, has short of breath and wheezing, the allergy might have evolved to asthma.

Dust and mites allergy

Dust itself isn’t an allergen, but its inhabitants – dust mites. Yes, those microscopic creatures may harm your child. Mites are, in fact, one of the most common causes of asthma attacks worldwide. When your kid inhales dust mites it can cause an allergic reaction. There are some steps which you can take to minimize a child’s exposure to this allergen: remove items that attract the dust, obtain an air filter for a child’s room and use a vacuum cleaner that has special filter for preventing the dust to fly around.

For a child, facing an allergy may be far more annoying and difficult than for an adult. Make sure you have an understanding of what your little one is going through and consult a specialist to learn how to make the allergic reaction more bearable.

Guest post by Kelly Brook