Has your child ever suffered from cold symptoms that never seemed to go away? His or her symptoms could be more than just a cold. Your child may be suffering from allergy symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control
there are reportedly 7.8 million children that suffer from respiratory allergies. It’s possible that your child may be one of them. Here are some factors to pay attention to and measures you can take if you think your child may be an allergy sufferer.
Some of the most telltale signs of respiratory allergies include prolonged sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. These symptoms can also easily be associated with a cold, but if they last longer than a week or two it’s more likely that your child is suffering from allergies. Also pay close attention to the color of the mucous coming from your child's nose. Clear mucous
is usually associated with allergies, but if it has a green or yellowish color it is more likely to be a cold or other infection.
Genetics Are a Factor
Allergies, like many other health problems, often run in the family
. If you or other relatives suffer from allergies, it’s much more likely that your children will show signs of allergies as well. However, don’t mistake the passing of a cold from person to person for allergies. If your child has the sniffles and passes it to another member of the family, it is probably a cold rather than allergies. Remember, allergies aren’t contagious!
Coughing or Wheezing
Coughing and wheezing aren’t typically associated directly with allergies, but if paired with other allergy symptoms, they could be a sign that your child also suffers from allergic asthma
. Allergic Asthma is when a person’s airway is obstructed or inflamed due to an allergic reaction. Many people that suffer from allergies often show signs of allergic asthma as well. Allergy triggers such as inhaling dust mites, pollen, or pet dander will cause symptoms associated with asthma as well as the usual allergy symptoms.
Steps To Take
If you believe your child is suffering from allergies there are a number of important steps you should take in order to relieve their allergy symptoms and help protect them from allergens.
- Visit an allergist - While it may seem clear that your child is suffering from allergies, it’s important to not self-diagnose. Visiting a doctor will help you understand what exactly your child is allergic to. You will also be given a specific treatment plan and tips that are allergist recommended to help ease your child’s symptoms.
- Protect your child’s bed - If your child has allergies, one of the places they are most vulnerable to allergens is in their bed. It is a place where they spend a large amount of time. If a bed is unprotected allergens can easily cling to the fibers of the mattress and bedding. By using an allergen mattress cover and other allergy protection bedding you will be able to keep allergens off of your child’s bed and protect them from suffering severe allergy symptoms while they sleep.
- Pay attention to their surroundings - Respiratory allergies are affected by the amount of allergens present. If your child is allergic to pollen be sure to keep an eye on the daily pollen count. If it is high make sure your child is not spending too much time outside. If your son or daughter is allergic to dust mites make sure you keep your living area clutter free to avoid the build-up of dust.
Seeing your child suffer can often leave parents feeling helpless. But just because you can’t get rid of your child’s allergies doesn’t mean you can’t help. Protecting your child from allergy symptoms can be simple as long as you know the signs and symptoms to watch out for and the measures to take to help your child be symptom free.