Child allergies are one of the most worrisome problems that you can encounter while caring for kids, particularly if you’re a parent, a guardian or a caregiver. Although this is considered as normal occurrences in most children (and also in adults), we can’t help but get stressed when an allergy strikes — most of the time we’re not sure about what to do, especially if we’re dealing with baby allergies
Yes, baby allergies are a big worry for us adults. It is true that infants are by far the most fragile and sensitive beings under the child category.Their immune system is very low as they are in the process of adapting to the environment. Child asthma may even develop as early at this age if a child has weak lungs. Thus, babies need to be protected from harsh conditions like terrible cold and be kept away from dust. Child care givers are advised not to use talcum powder for the babies’ bodies, as it may be inhaled by the child.
Also, when infants experience child allergies after a meal, determining the cause and symptoms may be hard if you are dealing with it for the first time. As babies are not able to articulate the symptoms they feel, you will need to make accurate observations. You’ll have to wait until rashes appear on the skin and the baby keeps on crying without wetting the diapers or after feeding. Therefore, it is important to remember what types of food were given to the solid-food-eating infant, even if there is no onset of an allergy (you can never tell when one develops). Actually, it is even advised that a parent gives one type of food at a time to the infant for several days. This will help a caregiver determine which items may cause child food allergies to the baby.
For toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged kids who enjoy playing outdoors and socializing, child hay fever may be one of the common child seasonal allergies that attack them. This is characterized by severe sneezing fits, wheezing or difficulty in breathing and reddened noses and eyes, and may be relieved by over the counter anti-histamines. This usually occurs during the same season each year, the time when the allergens (pollens) from a certain plant or plants flourish the most. One child may be allergic to one kind of pollen, while another may have a reaction to several types. As such, parents may submit their children to an allergen determination test, to determine which mites or pollens specifically trigger the reaction, especially if they have a family history of hay fever. They may also resort to a long term therapy of pollen extract injections to strengthen the immune system just before the start of the pollen season.
Aside from hay fever, child skin allergies are other things that may occur seasonally. Kids can get prickly heat by staying too long under the sun during summers. Although this can be very itchy and uncomfortable for children, it can be easily relieved by using a prickly heat powder or cornstarch, calamine lotion and oatmeal baths. It’s also important to teach the child not to scratch the spots or else the skin may break, infection may set in and more problems can occur. It will also help if the child will shower two to three times a day to prevent other seasonal kid allergies from occurring.
But not all skin child allergies are seasonal. Most of these can occur all-year round, especially if plant pollen or too much sun exposure aren’t the causes of these occurrences. Thus, if your kid is prone to childhood allergies, it’s better to ask your pediatrician about a suitable antihistamine or other treatment to relieve the symptoms and the discomforts, too.