Allergies – Symptoms and Prevention

As your children grow, you may start to notice things like rashes or sneezing after they’ve been out playing or puffy eyes after coming in contact with grass. If they show these or similar symptoms, then your child may simply be suffering from an allergy.

Common allergy triggers are:
– dust
– pollen
– animal fur
– insect stings
– certain medications
– some foods

Any child can develop an allergy or two. Allergies occur when their system overreacts to certain substances that are otherwise harmless to other people. When such children eat, touch, inhale or come in contact with allergens, their bodies release histamines which cause symptoms of an allergic reaction. The symptoms of an allergic reaction can vary from person to person. Allergens can affect a child’s respiratory tracts, skin, eyes or other organs.

Common Symptoms of Allergies

Allergens could make a child’s skin red, itchy, scaly, bumpy or swollen. Your child could also develop hives on their skin if they eat or inhale an allergen. Hives are raised welts that can develop on their skin and they’re almost always itchy. Allergens could also cause eczema.

When allergens affect the respiratory tract and sinuses, your child may experience sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, red, itchy, or watery eyes, a feeling of pressure in their face, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath. In severe cases, the child may develop anaphylaxis. This is a potentially life-threatening situation that causes their airways to close, making it difficult to breathe.

Other symptoms of allergies include:
– dizziness
– queasiness
– cramps
– diarrhea
– vomiting
– a tingling sensation in their mouth
– swelling of their tongue or face
– Loss of consciousness

If you suspect your child has an allergy, make an appointment with their doctor.

Preventing Allergic Reactions

The best way to prevent allergic reactions is to avoid triggers and allergens completely. Once you identify the things that trigger your child’s allergies, the safest thing to do would be to avoid them. If, for example, your child is allergic to grass, your doctor may advice them to wear socks or long clothes outside.

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