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How To Outsmart The Allergies In Your Baby

 

Allergies :

 

Many children find themselves allergic to things like pollen, dust, cigarette smoke and pet dander (fur and dead skins). These substances can trigger symptoms of hay fever (allergic rhinitis) in them which can adversely affect their sleep patterns and behavior. Allergies can also cause eczema and asthma. However, there are a number of effective ways to deal with allergies.

 

Airborne Allergens:

 

Substances in the environment that cause allergies are called allergens. And, airborne allergens are those transmitted by air into the body. They may include:

 

  • House dust, including things like dust mites, dust mite droppings, insect debris and dead skin.

  • Pollen, typically from flowers, grasses, and trees.

  • Animal dander, the particles of dead skin, hair or feathers of a pet.

  • Mold Spores

  • Cigarette smoke

 

Symptoms:

 

When children breathe in, airborne allergens can trigger symptoms in those who are allergic to them. The symptoms that you may find in them are:

 

  • Rhinorrhea or a runny nose

  • Frequent bouts of sneezing

  • Blocked nose

  • Itchy nose, ears, throat, and roof of the mouth

  • Itchy, red, and swollen eyes

  • Headaches

 

Allergies can cause hay fever, and if it’s not treated properly, it can make it harder to control asthma and may lead your child to a sinus infection. In addition to this, it can badly affect your children’s concentration level and cause other abnormalities such as bad breath, husky voice, and eye infections.

 

There are other substances like perfumes and cold air, which make allergy symptoms worse and irritating.

 

Children who face hay fever all year round are often found allergic to animal fur, dust mites and/or mold spores. Though, if they experience allergy symptoms only during the spring, pollen seems to be the probable cause for this.

 

Detecting airborne allergies:

 

Mainly, the cause of allergy symptoms in your child is a pet. But, your doctor still may need to identify other factors causing the allergy.

 

Usually, your doctor will ask you a few questions regarding the allergy. He can ask you about the timings of symptoms, types of plants growing in your area and whether your baby feels better while being away from home.

 

Eventually, he may suggest taking some allergy tests (such as blood tests or skin prick) to identify the causes.

 

How to treat allergies and reduce their symptoms?

 

While allergies may require a proper medical treatment from an allergy specialist, there are things you can do to help reduce the symptoms and provide your baby with some relief.

 

Before you decide to go to an allergy specialist, the best treatment is to find the cause and try to prevent your child’s contact with it or at least minimize it.

 

Some treatments you can try:

 

  • If possible, keep your children indoors in the mornings and avoid taking them to parks (mainly grassy areas) during pollen season.

  • Remove any plants in your home that your child might be sensitive to.

  • Keep your home and car smoke-free.

  • Clean your house thoroughly and regularly to reduce dander and house-dust.

  • Keep your pet outside the house or give it away if the allergy is severe.

  • Remove any sources of mold and dampness.

  • Use dehumidifiers and try keeping the humidity level in the house to a minimum to reduce mold.

 

However, if nothing works, your doctor may also suggest some medicines to help reduce its symptoms. These include;

 

  • Non-sedating antihistamines

  • Nasal sprays (usually used for older children)

 

Another way to deal with severe allergic symptoms is specific allergen immunotherapy. It’s a long-term treatment and you may need your doctor’s advice whether to go with this therapy or not.

 

Summary:

 

Allergy symptoms are common and some of its medications are completely safe to take. However, do consult your physician before taking any allergy medications. There are over the counter medications associated with the negative side effects as well. Thus, don’t take anything unless your doctor knows about it and you’ve discussed the medication safety.

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