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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
February 28, 2020
Category: Child Health Care

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
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • 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.

By John Cabana, MD
July 02, 2019
Category: Child Health
Tags: Allergies  

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, allergies are the most common health issue affecting today's Allergiesyoung children. Symptoms can either show up at birth or develop as the child starts school and is exposed to new potential irritants. Do you think your child may have allergies? The symptoms are easy to identify, and the causes behind them can be diagnosed by the pediatricians here at Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL.

Signs Your Child Has Allergies
It’ difficult not to notice the potential signs of an allergic reaction in your child. Any noticeable change to their skin, face, eyes, respiratory system, or digestive habits should be investigated. These are some common signs of allergies to look for:

- Skin rashes (reddened areas, sores, or bumps).
- Dripping, watery eyes.
- Excessive sneezing or coughing.
- Trouble breathing and asthma attacks (these require urgent care).
- Puffy skin or face.
- Diarrhea, bloating, and other digestive abnormalities.

Complications Due to Allergies
Many allergies are considered relatively minor annoyances and go away with time, but others can be life-threatening and require urgent action. For instance, some patients have allergic reactions to contact with chemicals, like detergents and hand soap. The symptoms may be rashes, which will go away after a few days or weeks. Other patients have allergies to insect bites and certain foods, like peanuts or shellfish, that can cause them to break out in hives and have a reaction called anaphylaxis. This reaction can put a person in shock, cause major swelling, and tighten the throat the point where breathing becomes restricted.

Allergy Treatments
Allergies are not considered a curable condition, but they can be managed and controlled with the help of your pediatricians in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL. These are some potentially useful courses of treatment:

- A blood or prick test to identify the allergens to avoid.
- Decongestants and steroid sprays.
- Antihistamine medication.
- Emergency adrenaline injections.
- Immunotherapy.

Control Allergies in Children
Allergies are difficult enough to manage for adults, but when the symptoms affect children, they can be particularly challenging. Call (630) 852-4551 or (630) 759-9230 today to schedule a visit with a pediatrician at Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
December 24, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: Allergies  

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 Child Allergieswondering if it’s time to turn to our Bolingbrook, IL, pediatricians to find out if they have allergies.

Allergy Symptoms

The symptoms your child experiences will really depend on the specific allergen. Common allergy symptoms include,

  • Rash or hives
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny or stuffed up nose
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Stomachache
  • Nausea

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.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
February 22, 2018
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Allergies  

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, allergiesat 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
  • sneezing
  • 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!

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
December 04, 2017
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Allergies   Food Allergies  

Food AllergyEspecially 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:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Trouble breathing
  • Itching or swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth or throat
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • 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.