6 Signs Your Child May Be Suffering From Allergies and What to Do About It
Allergy season is in full swing, which means you might be paying a price for warmer weather, sunshine, green grass, and blossoming flowers. Many adults endure allergies during the Spring months, but when it comes to kids, it's normal for parents to worry about how their kids are reacting to certain things in the air. Many children do show similar symptoms of allergies to adults, many of which can affect the whole body. While most allergies can be easily treated, it's always best to talk to your pediatrician just to be safe. If you're wondering whether your child has been affected by allergies, keep these six symptoms in mind.
- Itchy or Red Eyes — One obvious sign of allergies in a child is any obvious annoyance to their eyes, which include being red, itchy, or swollen.
- Cold-Like Symptoms — If your child seems to be exhibiting similar symptoms to a cold but the cold isn't going away, it could definitely be allergies rearing their ugly head. If your child has a clear runny nose, is constantly sneezing, or even has recurring ear infections, you might want to talk to your doctor about getting them some allergy relief.
- Tongue Swelling — A more severe allergic reaction is tongue swelling. If this occurs in your child, don't hesitate to take them to see their doctor immediately.
- Hives or Rashes — Some children develop a more severe seasonal allergy that takes over their skin and body by breaking out in rashes or hives. Others may get a small patch that could go away on its own. Be sure to take your child to the doctor if this persists.
- Breathing Problems — If you notice that your child is breathing rapidly or has a tightness in his or her throat, it could be allergy related. Pay close attention to see if your child's breathing seems irregular to you.
- Upset Stomach — Having a stomachache could be a sign that your child's body is irritated by something in the air, or that they may have a sensitivity to certain foods. If this occurs, take them to the doctor to see if you can pinpoint the cause and prevent it from happening in the future.
If you think your child is enduring seasonal allergies, giving them an antihistamine is a solid start to easing their discomfort. And again, always chat with your doctor to make sure your child doesn't have a more serious allergy that you'll have to watch out for.