Allergies in children
Allergies include a whole spectrum of conditions which include eczema, asthma, hay fever and urticaria. They can run in families therefore care is needed in order to ensure normal livelihood. Allergies can affect anyone, it doesn’t matter your age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Generally, allergies are more common in children but can happen at any age. Some children can completely outgrow their allergies and for some they can come back after being in remission for many years.
Symptoms of allergies.
- A runny and itchy nose
- Postnasal drip and nasal congestion (blockage)
- May also have itchy, watery, red eyes and chronic ear problems
Triggers of allergies in children:
Allergic reaction can be triggered by many things and some of them are as follows:
- Grass and weed pollens
- Dust mites
- Pests such as cockroaches and mice
How are allergies treated in a child?
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health and how severe the condition is.
Effective ways to treat allergies include:
- Allergy shots
Ways of staying away from allergy include:
- Stay indoors when the pollen count is high and on windy days. After playing outside when the pollen counts are high, have your child take a bath or shower, wash his or her hair, and change clothes.
- Control dust in your home, particularly your child’s bedroom.
- Use air conditioning instead of opening the windows.
- Put a dehumidifier in damp areas of the home but remember to clean it often.
Always make sure to alert your loved ones, school and healthcare providers of your child’s allergies as it could save their life.