How to Monitor and Handle Allergy in Children

How to Monitor and Handle Allergy in Children

Children are very vulnerable and should be protected by the parents from any allergic hazards or provocations around them. Allergy in children can be attributed to genes; a child will be more susceptible to allergy conditions. If one of the parents has allergic tendencies, then the chances of the child getting allergies becomes 50% and if both parents have allergies, then the percentage is 25% higher. The allergies may be categorized into skin complaints, hay fever, asthma or allergy due to foodstuffs. Understanding allergies in children is harder than in the grown-ups since children do experience many complicated conditions in their infant stages. The allergies affect the nose, ears, skin and other parts of the body. Mites, pets and pollen mostly trigger allergies in children.

Hay fever is the most common allergy in children (allergi børn is the term in Danish) where the symptoms include running nose, red eyes, blocked nasal passages and itching around the eyes – children will be scratching their eyes from time to time. An indication of the hay fever is that the baby will have difficulty in breathing and will tend to use the mouth for inhalation. The baby will breathe more loudly than normal during sleep time and as a result sleep uncomfortably. The inadequate sleep will ultimately cause a child to be more sleepy and temperamental during the day.

Diet also triggers allergy in children. After proper breastfeeding of the baby, make sure you observe the child carefully to understand the foods that might cause the reaction. For accurate conclusions put down the symptoms, like the foods ingested and the period the reaction lasts. Visit the doctor or nutritionist to get the proper allergic examination for the baby. The allergy expert or doctor in a suspected food allergy case will require the parent to do away with certain foods to be sure of the cause. Foods that may cause allergies are mostly those containing proteins like eggs, meat, milk and beans among others. Foodstuffs are usually kept away for some days to monitor the kid’s body. This will help do away with the foods that cause rashes and look for the substitutes.

Skin allergy in children is common and may include eczema, which makes the skin rough and dry on different body parts. One should visit a doctor to determine the cause since it could be from foods or certain environmental conditions. Then the doctor will prescribe the best of medication for the skin condition. Children also get contact dermatitis from interacting with the environment. It could be from vegetations, shampoos and jewelry. Treatment will be anti-allergy creams. In some instances, the allergies are serious and require injections to take care of the allergic reactions, but one should do proper consultation with allergy experts and physicians.

To make sure that you get the correct diagnosis, it is advisable to go to a children allergist. This may be a little difficult due to the small number of people practicing that profession. Visit clinics that have children allergic departments just to be sure that the treatment and diagnosis will be accurate. Bear in mind that if in any eventuality, the allergy in children is not properly treated, it may lead to complications in the growth of the child.

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