3 Important Steps to Understanding Allergies Among Children
Allergies… Some come and go, whereas some are here to stay. No matter which type of allergy your child is diagnosed with, it can affect your child’s childhood and make parenthood way more challenging than it already possibly is.
Allergies in children should never be taken lightly. If left unmanaged, it can eventually affect your child’s quality of life and health, and it could even be life-threatening.
On the bright side, there are effective steps to take when it comes to managing an allergy and being equipped with essential information on your child’s allergy, to significantly improve your quality of lives once again, for your child and everyone else at home.
So, here are three important steps to take that will help you to understand allergies that affect the young.
Step 1: Being alert
Has your child been developing red and itchy bumps after she eats or drinks a specific type of food? Or is his nose runny all the time? Perhaps your child tends to experience stomach cramps or repeated diarrheoa each time you feed them a specific type of food?
Allergy symptoms can vary from mild (such as coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes) to severe (like difficulty breathing or severely itchy skin). If your child has been experiencing any allergy related symptom, the first step to take is to seek a professional diagnosis to confirm your suspicions.
While some allergy symptoms are mild enough that it does not affect your child’s daily activities, it is always important to address it to avoid the condition from amplifying.
Step 2: Identifying the causeJust like adults, there are different types of allergies among children, too, such as being allergic to certain types of food, medication or particles present in the environment.
In most cases, allergies are not detected until its symptoms start to present itself. Here are a few common allergy triggers that you should take note of:
Food: Peanuts, eggs, seafood and milk products.
Outdoor environment: Insect stings, pollen and insect bites.
Indoor environment: Dust mites, pet dander and mold.
Environmental irritants: Perfume, cigarette smoke and car exhaust.
Although these are some of the more common causes, allergy causes are not just limited to this. Medications and certain chemicals could also cause an allergy reaction.
Do also take note that, it is also possible to be allergic to multiple allergens.
Step 3: Managing the symptoms
If you suspect that your child has an allergy, the next step you should take is to make an appointment with a professional allergist.
In the meantime, start an allergy diary for your child by jotting down the symptoms your child is experiencing, when, and the possible cause or causes of the allergy.
Allergy testing might also be recommended if your doctor finds the need to. An allergy test will confirm the type allergens that are causing the allergy and this will give you a good idea on your child’s allergy management plan.
Your child’s doctor will formulate a management plan which will include address the symptoms as well as eliminating or avoiding the allergens identified.
Allergies & school
If your child is attending school, do not forget to inform your child’s educators about her allergies. Especially if your child has asthma or is at risk of anaphylaxis, it is important to give a copy of your child’s allergy action plan to the school nurse or your child’s teacher.