The Most Common Allergies for Children

most common allergies for kids

If you have noticed that your child always seems to be sneezing and has a runny nose, it may be that they have an allergy rather than a constant cold. You see, a child’s immune system is still developing, which is why there are more types of allergies children will suffer from. Although it is impossible to prevent an allergy children will suffer from, they are treatable and in some cases can be cured. Below is a list of the most common allergies children suffer from to help you identify potential causes for your child’s sniffles.

Food Allergies

It is well documented that this is the most common allergy children suffer from as their parents introduce new food into their diet and their systems cannot cope with it. The most common allergens are dairy products, peanuts and tomatoes but there are many other food stuffs that can cause an allergy in children. Doctors recommend that parents should introduce a small amount of the new food to the child’s diet and then wait a few days. During that time they should observe their child to see if they develop cold symptoms or a rash. If no symptoms appear then the child should be okay.
On the other hand, anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergy condition should not be flirted with and always err on the side of caution and consult with your allergist before trying drastic strategies.

Fragrance Allergies

A common allergy in both adults and children, it can be difficult to detect at first. This is because the body must have been in contact with the allergen at least once before for the immune system to then identify it as an enemy and send out histamines. The most common fragrance allergy children suffer from tends to come from soaps, shampoos, washing powders, etc. A process of elimination may help you discover the source of the allergen, but a patch test carried out by the doctor is often quicker and more decisive.

Mold Allergies

No matter how much we clean our homes, mold spores will lurk in there somewhere and it has little to do with how hygienic we are. Mold spores are microscopic and normally live in soft furnishings such as sofas, bedding, carpets, etc. The symptoms of this allergy children suffer from are likely to be a rash; sneezing, coughing and a sore throat; and occasionally hives in more severe cases.

Airborne Allergies

Many parents find that their young children are easily affected by an airborne allergy. The main allergens that cause these are pollen, animal dander and dust. The pollen will not necessarily be that which comes from flowers and in fact the worst culprits for this type of allergy in children is grass and tree pollen. This can be difficult to control if your child adores the outdoors and wants to be out there playing every waking moment. However, doctors will be able to prescribe a 24 hour child’s antihistamine, which is much milder and will alleviate the main symptoms of this allergy children suffer from. In more extreme cases the doctor may recommend that the child receives an injection during certain times of the year.

Donika Georgieva have experience with health issues like allergies in children (allergi børn is the term in Danish) and she is more than happy to share her knowledge.

Leave a Reply