How to Deal with Children's Allergies
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How to Deal with Children's Allergies

It is important for parents to understand the problems caused by allergies to food, pollen, fibers, and animals. The many symptoms may include breathing difficulties, restriction of food products, and painful rash. Knowing the symptoms and having a supply of medication may help you to navigate this difficult road. This article may help you understand the complicated causes and effects of allergies on your children.

What Are Allergies?

Allergies are the body’s response to a substance, chemical, or food that is inappropriate.  The substance is not something that is dangerous to you, but the immune system responds as if it were. 

Pollens are not poisonous, but the mucus membrane in your nose may pour out nasal secretions to protect against them causing drainage.  You feel like you have a cold, but the allergy does not cause a fever.  If you can get away from the allergen, you will stop having the secretions. 

These nasal allergies are seasonal.  Spring and fall are the primary times of distress.  One way to deal with them is avoidance:  Don’t run outside—go to the gym.  Wear a mask to do gardening.  Make sure your air conditioner has a new filter.  Buy an air purifier.  Watch the weather reports in your area for pollen counts especially if you know what you are allergic to.   

Infants and children can be allergic to milk.  My baby had a very irritated red rash all over her body, especially in her diaper area, the creases of her arms and legs, and under her chin.  The doctor told me to try soy milk.  It worked like a charm.  Every couple of months he said I should try regular milk again.  When she was about 7 months old, she could take the milk without any rash.  I was thrilled.  Then she had a stomach virus and the doctor put her on skim milk.  The diarrhea stopped, but only if that was all she ate.  Finally I asked the doctor if this was another presentation of the allergy. It was.  When she returned to the soy milk, all her symptoms stopped.  When she quit taking a bottle and ate a full diet, she was fine.  I tell this story to warn you that allergies can change symptoms.    

Allergies are not predictable. They may develop or disappear without warning.  One of my children had an allergic reaction causing angry, whelps on her skin and severe itching to an unknown substance.  The doctor prescribed medication that reduced the distress.  He warned me to be very careful to monitor her breathing and watch for whelps abound her mouth and nose.  When the breathing passages become inflamed and swollen, the allergy has progress from itching to suffocation, and the inside of the lungs and wind pipe may be as inflamed as the skin.

Create a Game Plan for Allergies.

My daughter had a recurrence of the problem for about a year and a half, but we never identified a cause.  This prompted a rule I used for other things:  Learn to identify the symptoms, keep a supply of the medication, and learn all you can about the condition.  I found that the condition stopped after I accomplished this, but it served me well in other cases.  

Can You Prevent Allergies?

There is really not very much you can do to anticipate allergies or prevent them.  Of course, you don’t know if you prevented; you just know if your kids don’t have them.

Some of the common food allergies seem to occur because babies were fed foods that their bodies weren’t ready for.  The 8 most common food allergies listed by the Mayo Clinic are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.  Babies are rarely allergic to mother’s milk.

If you are concerned about food allergies in your children, be sure to note the ingredients listed on labels.  They will identify the type of nuts, shellfish, milk, and other common allergens in the product.

Be aware of other sources of allergens too.  Dogs, horses, chickens, and all animals can cause problems.  Pillows stuffed with chicken feathers or goose down are potential problems.  Wool or other animal based fibers may cause problems too.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-allergies/AA00057

http://www.acaai.org/allergist/allergies/children-allergies/pages/default.aspx

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Comments (4)

Shared. Very useful information.

Actually there is something you can do to prevent your child from getting allergies.  When they are young it is very important to live in an area free of smog and unnatural pollutions, but to expose them to natural pollutants.  Studies showed that kids who grew up with 2 pets tended to develop fewer allergies than those raised without pets.

Parents who use a lot of chemical cleaners in their home put young kids at risk of getting allergies later in life.

Healthful and helpful topic and well presented.Thank you.

Thank you for your responses to this article.  It is a huge problem for many people.  I am pleased if it helped you.

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