How Can I Tell if my Child has Allergies?

Posted on: April 16, 2018

Many children suffer from allergies. Unfortunately, they very often go undiagnosed. This can leave children suffering from pain or general irritability when it is completely unnecessary for them to do so. We recommend that parents bring their children to our office anytime that they have unexplained symptoms so that we can check and see if an allergy could be to blame.

ALERT: CHILDREN CAN DEVELOP AN ALLERGY AT ANY TIME

Common symptoms of allergies

Some of the symptoms to watch for in children include:

  • Constant sneezing. If a child cannot stop sneezing, there is a good chance that something is causing an allergic reaction.
  • Itchy and runny eyes. If their eyes are constantly watering, it could be an allergic reaction that is responsible.
  • Constant stuffy nose. The common cold should go away after a week or so. If the stuffiness remains and is consistent, it could be an allergy instead of a cold.
  • Skin rash. One of the most common symptoms of an allergy is a rash that is all over the skin or one that spreads to multiple areas of the body.
  • Itchy skin. Even if there is no visible rash, if the skin is itchy, it could be due to an allergy.
  • Stomach pain. Regular stomach-aches are often caused by a food allergy.
  • Asthma. Asthma occurs in part due to swelling. The swelling could be caused or exasperated by an allergy.
  • Severe swelling. Some children can have an allergic reaction that causes severe and life-threatening swelling that requires urgent and immediate care.

Diagnosing allergies

In our office, we can conduct an allergy test in order to determine what, if any allergies a child is suffering from. This is critically important for determining if there are any allergies that are unknown to parents. Also, this makes it possible to make small lifestyle changes if any allergies are detected so that a child's overall health can improve.

The test itself typically involves using making a small pinprick in a child's skin with the allergen on it. If there is any redness or swelling, it may indicate an allergy. This test is relatively simple and should not cause a child too much irritation. We make it as quick as possible while still ensuring that the results of the test are thorough and accurate.

Treatment options

In many cases, the best treatment is avoiding the allergen. This is ideal whenever it is possible. In addition, we can prescribe medication that can be taken on a daily basis to help reduce the risk of a child suffering a flare-up. However, if the allergy is more severe, then it will also be necessary for parents to carry something like an EpiPen that can be used as an immediate treatment if a child were to experience dangerous swelling. The key is to first identify the allergy so that it can be dealt with, instead of waiting for the situation to become an emergency.

Schedule an appointment

If you are concerned that your child may have allergies, call our office and schedule an appointment today. We can conduct a test and determine if treatment is necessary.


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