Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is a common problem in infants and with children of all ages. The most common symptoms include a stuffy or runny nose with clear drainage, a lot of sneezing, itchy red eyes, an itchy nose, sore throat, throat clearing and a cough that may be worse at night and in the morning.
These symptoms usually occur during certain times of the year for people with seasonal allergies, related to being exposed to outdoor allergens, such as tree pollens, grasses and different types of weeds. Children are always allergic to the same elements. You can have one child who is allergic to tree pollens and another child who is only allergic to certain weeds.
Other symptoms of having allergic rhinitis include what is known as the 'allergic salute. It is a common habit of when an allergy child will constantly rub their nose in an upward motion. This is usually done for the reason that the nose is itchy and this practice can lead to a small crease in the skin of the lower part of the nose. Youngsters with allergic rhinitis also generally have allergic shiners, which are dark circles that form under their eyes. This is caused by nasal congestion.
An allergy child may have perennial allergies instead of seasonal allergies. This type of allergy will cause problems occurring year round from exposure to indoor allergens. The specific causes of this type of allergy can be dust mites, pets, second hand smoke and molds. Lucky, these causes can be eliminated.
An allergy child may be suffering from food allergies. This is not uncommon, although the symptoms will be much different than other types of allergies. An allergy child with food allergies may have a runny nose; however they may also have hives and/or an upset stomach. If you notice that your child's allergy symptoms always get worse after being exposed to certain foods, then you should steer clear of those foods. The most general foods that can cause allergy problems include: milk, eggs, peanuts, soybeans, tree nuts, seafood, and wheat.
The greatest treatment for allergic rhinitis is to help your allergy child keep away from what they are allergic to and to follow prevention and environmental controls. These steps help to manage common allergens, including dust mites, mold, animal dander and pollens.
To help you allergy child who is suffering from elements in the household, you should get rid of items that easily collect dust. These items will include heavy drapes, upholstered furniture and their stuffed animals. Allergy-proof plastic covers can be placed on all mattress, pillow and box-springs. In addition, you should wash all bedding and stuffed animals in very hot water and do so once a week. Pets can turn a child into an allergy child, and if you must keep the pet in your home, you should take care to keep them out of your child’s bedroom. Giving your pet a bath every week can reduce allergens also. If members of the household smoke, this should only be done outside. Molds can be tricky; you should remove carpets if you are able to and be ware of damp areas. Vacuuming daily can also help.
There are many medications available for an allergy child and your child’s doctor can most likely prescribe medicine that can help. By trying to eliminate allergy spruces and working with your children’s’ pediatrician, most allergy child can have their suffering alleviated.