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Find out if your child’s symptoms could actually be the result of allergies.
From the foods we eat to elements in the air that we breathe in, there are a variety of things in our daily world to which we can become allergic. If you notice that your child is sneezing, coughing a lot, or dealing with stomachaches after eating certain foods, you may be wondering if it’s time to turn to our Bolingbrook, IL, pediatricians to find out if they have allergies.
The symptoms your child experiences will really depend on the specific allergen. Common allergy symptoms include,
- Rash or hives
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Runny or stuffed up nose
- Watery, itchy eyes
- Bloodshot eyes
While allergy symptoms are often self-limiting, if your child is having difficulty breathing then it’s important to see a doctor right away.
Common Childhood Allergies
Just about anything can become an allergen. Of course, the most common childhood allergy triggers include,
- Outdoor allergies such as pollen, insect bites, or stings
- Indoor allergies such as pet dander, mold, and dust mites
- Cigarette smoke or perfume
- Food allergies particularly to dairy, eggs, shellfish, and nuts
If you find that your child experiences sneezing or coughing fits when they play outside, this could be a warning sign that they have outdoor allergies. If you notice that your child develops stomach pains or other intestinal issues after eating certain foods this could be a sign of a food allergy. Since it isn’t always easy to tell what might be triggering your child’s symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit a pediatrician for a simple allergy test.
When to See a Doctor
The sooner our pediatrician can detect and diagnose your child's allergies, the sooner we can provide them with the relief they need. This equates to an improved quality of life and fewer sick days from school. If your child’s symptoms are happening regularly or are severe, don't hesitate to give us a call.
If you are living in Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL, and you believe your child is suffering from allergies then it’s time to get answers right away. Call Downers Grove Pediatrics to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. For our Downers Grove Office, call (630) 852-4551, and for our Bolingbrook Office, call (630) 759-9230.
Keeping their children healthy and feeling good is at the top of any parent’s priority list. Unfortunately, allergies can get the best of anyone, at any age. Coping with the symptoms of allergies can be difficult for anyone, especially since the symptoms of allergies can mimic the symptoms of other conditions. Luckily, your pediatrician can help you pinpoint your child’s allergies and manage their symptoms. Learn more about allergies in children with Downers Grove Pediatrics with locations in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL.
Does my child have allergies?
Most children do not develop seasonal allergies until they turn four or five. Though parents often misinterpret allergy symptoms as a common cold, seasonal allergies have a few tell-tale symptoms, including:
- symptoms that last longer than 10 days
- continually stuffy or runny nose
- clear nasal drainage instead of green or yellow
- itchy, red, and watery eyes
- mouth breathing due to a stuffy nose
- dry cough
- skin irritation or rash
Food and skin allergies may produce similar symptoms or present themselves in digestive issues, rashes, or, in very severe cases, anaphylactic shock.
How can I manage my child’s allergies?
Managing your child’s allergy symptoms will depend on the type of allergy they have. Food and skin allergies only occur when the allergen comes into contact with the body, making avoiding that allergen enough to avoid allergic reactions. Seasonal allergies may take a bit more work to manage. Depending on the allergen, your pediatrician may suggest an antihistamine or steroid nasal spray to manage daily symptoms. Do not give your child over-the-counter allergy medication without first consulting with their pediatrician. For severe or very persistent allergies, your doctor may suggest an allergy shot. Known as immunotherapy, this treatment introduces minute doses of the allergen into your child’s bloodstream over the course of several shots. Your child’s body eventually learns to more effectively fight off the allergen and becomes immune to the reaction associated with it. The shots usually occur once or twice a month for about a year or longer.
Allergies in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook
Doctors often use an allergy test to pinpoint exactly to what your child is allergic. A scratch test introduces a tiny amount of allergen to the skin through a small scratch. If the skin reacts, the child is allergic. Blood tests can also diagnose allergies but are normally not as effective as a scratch test. If you think your child could benefit from an allergy test, talk with your pediatrician to schedule an examination.
For more information on allergies, please contact Downers Grove Pediatrics. Call (630) 852-4551 to schedule your child’s appointment in Downers Grove and (630) 759-9230 to schedule your child’s appointment in Bolingbrook today!
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.
Your child is sneezing, coughing and congested. Is it the common cold? Or is it seasonal allergies? And what is the best way to give them relief from these symptoms?
Allergies and colds often have overlapping symptoms, including a stuffy or runny nose, cough and low energy. It can be difficult for parents to know whether their child is battling a stubborn virus or having an allergic reaction.
Kids with a cold may feel achy and develop a sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose and low-grade fever. A cold usually doesn’t last longer than a few days before it starts to improve. Since common colds are viral infections, they can’t be cured with antibiotics. To ease your child’s symptoms or discomfort, make sure your child is getting plenty of fluids and rest.
If your child’s stuffy nose lingers for several days, this may be an indication that they are suffering from allergies and not a cold. In fact, allergysymptoms can last for weeks to months.
Telltale signs that your child has allergies and not a cold include:
- Cold-like symptoms linger for more than a few weeks
- Chronic (continual) cough
- Mucous is clear
- Persistent stuffy nose
- Itching of the nose, ears, mouth and/or throat
- Itchy, watery, red eyes
- Puffiness around the eyes
- Wheezing, difficulty breathing and other respiratory symptoms
- Unexplained bouts of diarrhea, abdominal cramps and other intestinal symptoms
In some cases, reducing the triggers that are causing the allergic reaction can control many allergy symptoms. This may include washing your child’s bedding and toys to remove dust and bacteria, bathing pets regularly, vacuuming your home at least once a week and replacing furnace and air filters every few months.
Although common colds and allergies have similar symptoms, there are distinct clues that help parents differentiate one from the other. When in doubt about your child’s symptoms, always contact your Downers Grove pediatrician.