Posts Tagged "Allergies"

24Mar2020

Food allergies have become more problematic in recent years as increasing numbers of individuals are diagnosed with them. Even children are frequently diagnosed with food allergies, with 1 in 13 children currently having this issue. In addition, almost half of children with food allergies have more than one allergy. As a parent, here are a few helpful tips when it comes to guarding what your child eats.

What Are the Most Common Food Allergies in Children?

Although peanut allergies may be the first problem that pops into your mind when you hear about food allergies, there are actually numerous foods and food groups that can cause problems for the littlest members of your household. The following are the primary concerning foods for children.

  • Milk
  • Peanuts and tree nuts
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Soy

All of these ingredients must be disclosed on food packaging, which can help you in making food choices for your household.

What Symptoms Should Parents Look for with Food Allergies?

You should know that while some children may be genuinely allergic to some foods, others just have a sensitivity to it. While an allergy creates a strong response, such as hives or swelling in the throat that leads to difficulty breathing, a sensitivity will probably only lead to discomfort. Keep an eye out for any of the following distressing signs of an allergic reaction, and consider emergency medical treatment for those that are life-threatening.

  • Itchy skin and hives
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

How Can Food Allergies Be Treated?

In the case of a life-threatening condition, emergency medical personnel may provide an epinephrine shot, which can aid in breathing. Other than emergency circumstances, the best treatment for a food allergy is complete avoidance of the food. However, because your child is not always under your direct supervision, you will need to notify the school and other households where your child spends time about which foods are and are not safe.

Because this is just a basic look at food allergies in children, we recommend that you visit with your child’s pediatrician in more detail if you have any further concerns. Kids 1st Pediatrics is ready to help you with any of your concerns for your children from infancy through the teenage years.

10Aug2019

Bumblebees may look cute in pictures, but what your child may not yet know is that they can inflict painful wounds. Children may be stung by bees because they get too close to them, because they are unaware that bees are nearby or because they react in fright when a bee is buzzing about them. While a bee sting can be scary, it usually is easy to deal with as long as you react quickly.

Get Rid of the Stinger

Your first and most important step is to get rid of the stinger. The stinger is filled with venom, and the longer it remains embedded in your child’s skin, the longer it will continue to cause problems. There are many ways to remove the stinger. You could scrape a credit card across the skin to loosen the stinger, or you may even be able to pull it out with your fingers.

Deal with the Symptoms

Once the stinger is out, you will need to deal with any discomfort, swelling, or skin redness that is bothering your child. An over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, may help, and an ice pack can relieve pain and swelling as well.

Watch for an Allergic Reaction

Some children may experience a dangerous anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting. If your child is suddenly having trouble breathing, develops hives, feels weak or dizzy, or has swelling around the mouth or face, you should immediately take her to an urgent care facility.

When your child is heading outside, you can take certain precautions to decrease the risk of a bee sting. Keep in mind that flower gardens and orchards can be particularly attractive to bees, and you should warn your child to take special care in these types of areas. In addition, ensure that your child wears shoes outside and is not using a particularly fruity or floral-smelling lotion, shampoo, or body misting product.

However, no matter how careful your child is, she may still end up with a bee sting simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If that happens, act quickly and calmly, and watch carefully for any type of allergic reaction. If you have any questions at all, be sure to contact Kids 1st Pediatrics where we love to help your children stay safe, healthy and happy all year long.

13Jul2019

According to the American Lung Association, asthma is the most common condition that chronically affects children in the U.S. These children often experience flareups, which could occur from nearly anything, including allergens, chemicals, stress, excitement, and exercise. In the summer, one of the most concerning triggers that parents should be aware of is the hot outdoor air.

Factors Affecting Air Quality

Just when parents are finally able to let their children play outside, they may have to tell them to stay inside instead if the forecast is showing a string of particularly hot, sunny days. The reason for this is that the ozone in the air, which is produced by ultraviolet light from the sun, can increase exponentially on these sunniest of days. Those living in urban areas are particularly at risk, but wind can push the excessive levels of ozone nearly anywhere, including into more rural areas that are typically assumed to have clean and healthy air. 

Children who spend much time outdoors during weather like this may find that they have a harder time than normal with breathing, and they may cough much more frequently. However, this weather can be particularly harmful to children with asthma who may be forced to reach for their rescue inhalers or to take a trip to urgent care. This is because the ozone that they breathe in reacts with the tissues deep inside their lungs to create irritating toxins.

Pay Attention to Air Quality Reports

Parents of children with asthma should carefully monitor air quality. They may be able to do this through the newspaper or through a weather app on their smartphones, but they should know that not all poor air quality days make it onto official alerts. Instead, they may want to find a local app using information from the Environmental Protection Agency that will display up-to-the-minute ozone levels. 

In addition, parents will want to make sure that they keep their children inside during the hottest parts of the day, plan most outdoor activities for the morning, have children take plenty of breaks indoors and find plenty of fun activities for the indoors. In addition, they should be sure that they know exactly where their child’s rescue inhaler is and should know how to use it. 

If you are concerned about your child’s breathing or need a new inhaler prescription for your child, schedule an appointment with Kids 1st Pediatrics today.

18Jun2019

Seasonal allergies afflict numerous adults every year, but they are less expected when they hit your children. However, it is estimated that one in four children suffers from allergies today. Perhaps you are the parent of a child who spends most of each summer sneezing, rubbing his eyes or dealing with nasal congestion. While this is a great burden on you mentally, it can be a huge problem for your child who may struggle to enjoy typical daily activities, who may feel ostracized from his friends during allergy season and who may fight you over going outside to play for the day when you know it will cause his allergies to flare up again. These tips will arm both you and your child with the information necessary to get these irritating symptoms under control and to begin enjoying life once again.

Start Treatments Early

In an effort to limit the amount of medication that your child has to take, you may be waiting until his symptoms start before you begin giving him over-the-counter medications. However, research shows that starting medications up to three weeks before allergy season begins can provide better control of symptoms.

Allergy Testing Can Provide Answers

Allergy testing can help you know exactly what your child is allergic to and can help you limit his exposure to these allergens, whether they are certain types of pollen, mold, or pet dander.

Stay on Top of Pollen Counts

Once you know what trees, weeds, or grasses your child is allergic to, you can use pollen counts to tell you when your child should stay indoors. Many apps and Websites offer instantaneous pollen counts these days.

Watch out for Triggers

Your child’s allergies could be triggered by more than just pollen. Other common triggers include the following:

  • Mildew
  • Insect droppings
  • Weather changes
  • Chemicals and fumes
  • Tobacco or wood smoke
  • Strong scents