allergy symptoms in babies and toddlers

Common Allergy Symptoms In Babies, Toddlers and Young Children

Caring for young children comes with a number of concerns. For one, their immune systems are in the early stages of development and parents/guardians need to be watchful about what they eat and even what they touch so as to identify allergies.

Allergies usually occur when the immune system reacts adversely to common things that should ordinarily not cause any harm to the body. While some symptoms may be severe, most symptoms are minor and self-limiting. Whatever the case, it is worthwhile knowing some of the most common childhood allergies and their symptoms so that you can identify them when they occur.

If you do identify an allergy symptom- please seek allergy testing, diagnosis and treatment with your doctor or the nearest medical professional.

 

1. Seasonal Allergies

Affecting more than 6 million children every year, this type of allergy is a result of seasonal changes. It is also known as hay fever and is due to pollen in the environment. Very often, trees, grasses, and weeds within the area you live in cause these allergies and it is likely to occur at the same time each year.

Symptoms

– Nasal congestion
– Sneezing
– Itchy nose and/ or throat
– Coughing
– Itchy, watery eyes
– Runny nose

 

If the doctor suspects an allergy, you may be asked to go to a specialist clinic for diagnostic allergy blood or skin tests.

 

2. Skin Allergies

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and is part of the immune system. The skin of young children is quite sensitive and may react to allergens. It is easy to spot an allergic reaction on the skin.

Symptoms

There are three main of skin allergy symptoms to look for:

– Eczema: This appears as dry, red, scaly patches on the skin.

– Rash: Skin redness or rashes followed by severe itching may occur. Over time, scaly leathery patches may develop on the skin.

– Hives/ Urticaria/ Swelling: A part of the skin may swell and the raised area may or may not be painful.

 

If the doctor suspects an allergy, you may be asked to go to a specialist clinic for diagnostic allergy blood or skin tests.

3. Food Allergies

Food allergy is the most commonest allergy affecting babies and young children. It can range from mild to life-threatening. The symptoms of a food allergy may appear almost immediately or hours after food consumption (usually upon second exposure to the allergen). There are eight common allergens that cause allergic reactions in children and they are milk, peanuts, eggs, fish, tree nuts, wheat, soy and shellfish.

Symptoms

– Vomiting
– Hives or rashes
– Swelling of face, lips, mouth, or tongue
– Itching
– Wheezing or shortness of breath
– Abdominal pain
– Nausea
– Diarrhoea
– Runny or stuffy nose
– Lightheadedness
– Fainting

 

If the doctor suspects an allergy, you may be asked to go to a specialist clinic for diagnostic allergy blood or skin tests.

While most children outgrow their allergies, others may live with theirs for the rest of their lives but will learn to manage it.

At The Wellness People, our Allergy trained doctor can carry out safe blood testing, help diagnose the problem, begin treatment and can recommend Specialist allergy treatment in London if there’s a need. For more information or to book an appointment for allergy testing feel free to get in touch with our professionals.