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Sneezing. Watery eyes. Stuffy nose. These could just be symptoms of a cold or these could be signs that your child has allergies. If you notice that your child’s symptoms flare-up during certain times of the year then this could definitely be a sign of seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, allergies can impact everything from performance in school to participating in outdoor activities such as school sports. If you suspect that your child may have allergies it’s important to talk with your pediatrician.
Childhood Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms can also seem a lot like a cold or other upper respiratory problems. Common symptoms associated with allergies include:
- Watery, red, and itchy eyes
- Itchy nose
- Dark circles under the eyes or puffy eyelids
- Ear pain and chronic ear problems
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain and pressure
- Persistent cough
- Chest tightness
So, how can you tell that your child is dealing with allergies and not an infection? Some telltale signs include itchy eyes and nose, which are classic signs of allergies. If your child has a fever this is usually a sign of an infection and not allergies. Unlike a cold, allergy symptoms can last for weeks. You may also notice that your child’s symptoms come and go, appearing more often during the spring and fall months. Again, this is a trademark of childhood allergies.
Treating Childhood Allergy
There are many ways in which a pediatrician can help your child manage their allergy symptoms, and the treatments that are recommended will depend on the type and severity of your child’s symptoms. Most treatment plans include a variety of lifestyle changes and medication. Children with minor symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, while other children may require a prescription-strength allergy medication to tackle more moderate to severe symptoms.
Lifestyle modifications may include using a dehumidifier in your child’s bedroom, wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy seasons, bathing immediately after being outdoors, limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, and keeping pets out of bedrooms (if your child suffers from pet dander allergies).
For severe or unresponsive allergies, your pediatrician may recommend immunotherapy, or allergy shots. Allergy shots may be a good option for your child when other treatment options and medications have not been successful.
Are your child’s allergy symptoms impacting their daily routine? If so, our pediatricians can help them manage their symptoms so they can get back to enjoying days on the playground and time spent with family.
Childhood allergies are fairly common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 50 million Americans suffer from some king of allergy, whether it be from the environment or from a certain type of food. When these cases involve your children, identifying and effectively managing allergy triggers is the key to keeping them healthy and comfortable. Here at Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, your pediatrician, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya, offers allergy and other pediatric treatments and services.
Pediatric Allergy Testing and Treatment at our Conroe Office
The symptoms for seasonal allergies (also referred to as hay fever) are easily confused with cold and flu, but rather than bacteria or a virus they're triggered by environmental elements like pollen, ragweed, dust, and mold.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the main allergy categories and their triggers include:
- Seasonal/outdoor allergies - triggers include pollen, ragweed, insect bites, and stings
- Indoor allergies - triggers include dust, mold, pet hair/dander
- Food allergies - peanuts, seafood/shellfish, dairy (eggs/milk)
Some people are also allergic to irritants like cigarette and tobacco smoke, perfume, smoke, latex, and metals. Allergies to medications like antibiotics and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) account for 5-10% of allergies according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
Signs and Symptoms of Allergies
Here are some of the typical symptoms associated with each allergy type:
- Hay fever - sneezing, congestion, itchy/watery eyes, runny nose
- Food allergies - tingling sensation in the mouth, swelling (lips, tongue, throat, or face), anaphylaxis (shock). Food allergies can be life-threatening and if your child is showing signs of shock, seek emergency treatment right away. Signs of shock include nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, rash, and loss of consciousness.
Allergy testing is available form your pediatrician to help determine if your child is suffering from allergies. Treatment typically involves avoiding known allergy triggers and medication.
For more information about allergy testing and treatment, contact Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, today by dialing (936) 270-8655 to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician, Dr. Faweya.
Especially during the younger years, adequate food and nutrition is vital for a child’s growth and development. But for some children, a snack or meal as simple as a peanut butter sandwich or a cup of milk can cause serious health problems. So, what’s a parent to do when they suspect their child is allergic to a certain food?
A food allergy is the abnormal response of the immune system to a food. It’s possible to be allergic to any food, but these particular foods are responsible for the majority of allergies: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and peanuts. Food allergies should not be confused with food intolerance, or food sensitivity, which is more common and less severe.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction typically occur within just moments to an hour after the child ingests a food. They can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, so it’s important for parents to understand what to do if they suspect their child is having an allergic reaction to food. Symptoms will vary for each child, but the most common telltale signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Itching or swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth or throat
- Light-headedness or loss of consciousness
Food allergy symptoms often resemble other medical conditions, so always contact your pediatrician for a proper diagnosis. If you suspect your child has a food allergy, remove that particular food from your child’s diet immediately. If the allergic reaction is severe, seek medical care right away.
The good news is that food allergies are often outgrown during early childhood. Your pediatrician or allergist can perform tests to pinpoint and track your child's food allergies They can also work with you to modify and manage your child’s diet to ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition for growth and development without putting them at risk for additional allergic reactions.