How Do I Know If My Child Has Dangerous Allergies?

There’s a lot to worry about as a parent, including whether your child’s first bee sting or peanut butter treat is going to bring on an allergic reaction. There’s no way to guarantee it won’t, but there’s much you can learn about recognizing the early warning signs of a dangerous allergic reaction.

At Premier Allergy & Asthma, we have an entire team of experts who focus on providing the most effective allergy testing and treatment available. Each of our 10 locations in Ohio is staffed with medical professionals who have dedicated their careers to providing our patients with outstanding care that’s delivered in a welcoming environment for patients of all ages.

We’re happy to provide insight regarding how parents can help mitigate the risks of a child experiencing a severe allergic reaction and how to spot the symptoms.

Follow pediatric guidelines

For infants, children, teens, and even adults, the most severe allergic reactions occur from certain foods, insect stings, medications, and latex.

Rely on your family pediatrician to guide you regarding when and how to introduce new foods into your infant’s diet and follow these instructions carefully. 

The most common food allergies are:

Also note that while many food allergies develop before age two, older children and adults can develop an allergy. Be aware of the symptoms and seek medical help as necessary.

Learn the symptoms and monitor with care

Many allergies present with runny nose, skin rashes, and itchy or watery eyes. These can make life miserable for your child until the allergen is identified and appropriate treatment begins.

Anaphylaxis, on the other hand, is a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. 

Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:

Note that your child may have only one or two of these symptoms as a sign of pending anaphylaxis, which can begin within a few minutes to two hours after exposure to the allergen.

Again, it’s imperative that you seek emergency medical care as quickly as possible should your child develop these symptoms. Also monitor them carefully after a bee sting or other stinging insect bite and seek care as necessary.

Know your child’s history

Like so many other medical conditions, allergies tend to run in families. If you, your parents, or a sibling have allergies, the risks are greater that your child will as well.

It’s also important to track your child’s personal medical history. Frequent colds, sore throats, ear infections, and pink eye that seem more seasonal or persist longer than usual are often a sign of allergies.

Also note that stomach symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain may indicate food allergies, but some children also develop these symptoms with allergies to pollen, pet dander, mold, and other environmental allergens.

See an allergist

Evaluation by a specialist is the quickest and most effective way of identifying whether your child has allergies. It’s helpful if you bring along a diary of your child’s symptoms, including foods or activities that may have coincided with the symptoms.

Here at Premier Allergy and Asthma, our allergists are well-equipped to evaluate and treat children and provide the education parents require to help prevent potential medical complications associated with a severe allergy.

Schedule your visit today by calling the office nearest you or requesting an appointment online.

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