Allergies

How to Prevent Toddler Allergies?

toddler-allergyIf your toddler has nasal congestion, watery eyes, itchy skin most of the time, he may be suffering from allergies. Allergies are caused when the body mistakenly perceives a substance as harmful and attacks it. The body releases histamine, which results in the allergic reaction.

Common Toddler Allergies:

Here are the common allergies which can affect toddlers:

 

  • Dust mite allergy
  • Pollen allergy
  • Mold allergy
  • Pet dander allergy
  • Food allergies

How to Recognize Your Toddler Allergies?

By close observation, you can determine the culprit behind the allergies. Here are a few hints:

  • Dust mite and pollen cause congestion in the morning
  • Mold allergy shows up during rainy seasons.
  • Dust mite allergy and pet allergy can affect while the child is indoors.
  • Food allergies result in rashes, diarrhea etc. right after eating the food.

Parents can also keep a diary to record the allergy symptoms and the events before the reaction. This can help in pinpointing tbe allergy-causing substances.

Allergy Tests:

To know the allergy-causing substances, you can take your toddler to an allergist and get allergy tests done. The doctor can conduct a blood test (RAST) or skin prick tests to determine the allergies of your toddler.

Preventing Allergies:

The best way to overcome allergies is to prevent your toddler’s contact from the allergens. Keep your toddler away from allergy triggers. Here are a few ways:

  • Keep your home clean with HEPA-enabled vacuum cleaners and filters. This will remove the pet dander, pollen and dust mites
  • Using a humidifier can help you to get rid of the mold. Cleaning the bathroom with a cloth can also remove the mold
  • If your child has pet dander allergy, consider limiting the pet’s access to all the rooms. Washing the pet regularly can be helpful
  • Food allergies can be prevented by carefully reading the food labels and avoiding allergy-causing foods. Care should be taken to avoid cross-contamination while cooking and while eating out

For treating allergies, parents should not give kids over-the-counter anti-histamines or other medicines. These medications can be harmful for the toddlers. Always consult your allergist who can prescribe mild medicines for your child.

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