We hear the phrase, “My child has allergies,” quite a lot from concerned parents. Since anyone is prone to getting allergies, many people wonder just what is the exact cause of allergies and what can parents do to help their children deal with these allergies. While an allergic reaction is not considered to be normal, a person’s genetics can make them more prone than others.
Since there are various types and levels of allergies that a child can have, it is important to understand allergies as well the symptoms each one can cause. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergies are among the most chronic condition worldwide.
When someone is experiencing an allergic reaction, it is because their immune system is reacting to what the body deems to be an invasion. This invasion is seen as something that can harm the body, also known as allergens, and the body will react by displaying a number of allergic reactions.
Common symptoms that a child may experience when they have allergies include a runny nose, an itchy nose, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy eyes and continuing ear problems. These symptoms can appear slowly or come on quickly. While some allergic reactions are minor, others can be major.
Thus, finding the best allergy treatments for childhood allergies is an essential part when it comes to successfully managing allergies. According to the College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology allergies affect an estimated 40 to 50 million people in the United States alone.
Types of allergies
There are many different types of allergies, with each one causing various types of symptoms. The following are some of the more common types of allergies in children.
- Food allergies
- Skin allergies
- Dust allergies
- Pet allergies
- Bee allergies
- Drug allergies
- Eye allergies
Since we are able to uncover more allergies that children have, there is an improved focus on understanding all types of allergies and how they affect children. This focus includes an emphasis on treating pediatric allergies. Since allergies are a chronic disease, they can recur often and/or last for a very long time. While parents can visit general physicians for tests to determine a child’s allergies, it is better to seek specialized treatment.
The treatment includes tests using various methods to understand why and what the immune system is reacting. An allergy test includes but is not limited to allergy evaluations, allergy skin testing, laboratory testing, diagnostic testing and allergen immunotherapy.
Pediatric asthma is a large focus for those specializing in treating pediatric diseases. The reason why asthma is more commonly found in both children and adolescents nowadays is believed to be due to allergies. Since asthma in children has the potential to drastically reduce the overall quality of life, finding the best solutions for treating any pediatric allergies is essential.
When children are diagnosed with pediatric asthma that is thought to be caused by allergies, they are more apt to experience symptoms that are going to be more intense as well as occur more often.
The fact that allergies can lead to asthma makes it necessary to understand how being diagnosed with allergic asthma, a term used to describe asthma that is brought on by an allergic reaction, can affect a child’s overall health. Allergy induced asthma is a type of asthma that is triggered by a certain allergen.
Since a diagnosis of asthma in children can be serious and can only be identified by a medical professional, making an appointment as soon as possible once allergic asthma is suspected is highly recommended. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergic asthma is now the most common type of asthma.
Newborn care is important when it comes to recognizing whether or not a newborn has allergies or is going to prone to getting allergies. Because most parents think if their newborn has a runny nose or an occasional sneeze that they probably have a cold most allergies in newborns go unnoticed.
Also, newborns who are breastfeeding may be allergic to something the mother ate. If after breastfeeding a newborn begins to show signs of discomfort – crying, rash, vomiting, diarrhea – making an appointment with a medical professional as soon as possible is recommended.
These facts make newborn screenings for allergies highly recommended as early allergy treatment is shown to work, even in newborns.
Adolescent care is important when it comes to teens understanding allergies, especially when it comes to food. Teens may or may not know if they have any allergies, with many finding out for the first time after eating a certain food. Because most teens tend to be risk takers, they have the highest chance of experiencing an allergic reaction when trying new foods.
This makes it essential for every teenager to understand that there is indeed a chance they will be allergic to any new food they try, and accordingly the immediate steps they will need to take if they do begin to experience any allergic reactions.
If you would like to learn more about Child Allergies and the various treatments we provide, call (832) 246-7260 to schedule a consultation.