Allergies in Children
About 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Most people start developing allergies in their childhood. Allergies in children can show up in different ways such as eczema or skin rashes, dark circles under the eyes, allergic rhinitis or hay fever, respiratory problems or asthma and food allergies.
One of the very common allergies in children is allergic rhinitis. It can cause nasal blockage, itchy or runny nose, chronic ear issues, hay fever and itchy or watery eyes. Nasal congestion is very common in children. Sometimes the child’s nose is blocked to a point that the child has to breathe through the mouth. If the nasal congestion in children doesn’t get treated in its early stage it can cause changes to the way the teeth and bones of the child’s face grow. Inflammatory problems in the ear can cause infections or even reduction in hearing.
Ear allergies can cause ear itching and problems in hearing long term. If your child is going to school and has asthma or allergies talk to the school nurse or administrative office about it. Leave the child’s medication at school in case of emergencies.
Also be aware of school pets. Animals with hair like cats and dogs can cause allergies in children. Make sure your child isn’t exposed to the blackboards’ dust and chalk. There is no reason why your child shouldn’t perform physical activity and exercise at school if your child has allergies like asthma but make sure your child is taking asthma medication on a regular basis.
Food Allergies in Infants: Mother’s milk is the best food for new born babies. Super sensitive babies can be allergic to the type of food their mothers eat. It’s better for the mother to stay away from corn and soy since they can cause allergies.
Be aware that cow’s milk might be a good source of protein and calcium but it can cause allergies in children. The only time that the mother should stop breast feeding her baby is when the baby is allergic to her milk. If your child is having allergic reactions after milk or dairy products consult with your health care professional. Keep in mind many children develop allergies in their childhood and many childhood problems get worse by allergies.