Children’s allergies are caused by the body’s own immune system going into overdrive to defend against a completely innocuous foreign substance. In other words, the body reacts as though a harmless substance were potentially life-threatening and toxic.
Such reactions can be very unpleasant and uncomfortable. Children’s allergies to pollen and dander, for instance, can cause sneezing, watering eyes, and raspy breathing.
But in other cases, allergies can be potentially life-threatening in themselves. Should an allergic reaction develop into anaphylaxis, this can lead to a complete cessation of breathing, lightheadedness, vomiting, swelling, low blood pressure and more. Eventually, this can lead to a loss of consciousness and even put the sufferer into a coma.
Common Children’s Allergies That Can Spike a Reaction
With all that in mind, it is particularly important that parents be aware of the most common triggers. This way, they can proceed with caution when introducing their children to potential new allergens for the first time, while also being better equipped to diagnose and track down the causes of a range of symptoms.
Here are some of the most common children’s allergies:
Peanuts are among the best-known allergens. This is partly due to how common this particular allergy is, and partly due to the severity of the symptoms when a reaction does occur. A peanut allergy can be so severe that even being in the same room (or on the same plane) as a peanut, can result in a person having a life-threatening reaction.
Advice varies on when and how to introduce children to peanuts and peanut butter. Some people think that offering a child peanut butter early can be a good way to quickly identify an allergy and possibly even prevent it from occurring in the first place. Try taking a small amount of peanut butter and applying it to the child’s skin, before giving them a whole slice of toast!
Dander is pet fur which can irritate a lot of people, causing streaming eyes, sneezing, and coughing. This can be severe enough to mean that children can’t have pets that malt, which can be a source of unhappiness. Fortunately, there are a number of pets that are dander-free, including a number of dog breeds (such as poodles and poodle crosses).
Mold can accumulate in a room while remaining completely undetected. Most often it will be situated behind curtains, cupboards, and beds. It can also exist under floorboards, and in the corner of rooms. In short, anywhere where the circulation of air is limited can be at risk. Mold is a serious concern as it not only leads to problems directly (mold releases toxins) but can also cause a more severe reaction in those who are allergic. If your child is experiencing headaches, difficulty breathing, low energy, and other symptoms, consider hiring a mold remediation company.
Dust that enters the air can likewise cause problems for children’s breathing. One of the best ways to combat this is with a HEPA air filter, which will help to remove the substances from the air to make it cleaner for breathing.
A wheat allergy is also called Celiac disease. This causes the small finger-like “villi” of the stomach to curl up and become ineffectual. These are normally required for absorbing nutrients from the blood, meaning that this change can lead to malnutrition, digestive issues, and bloating. This condition often goes undiagnosed for a long time.
Bee stings are another severe allergen that can lead to anaphylaxis (or in many cases, minor swelling). If your children have never been stung before, make sure to observe them extremely carefully when it happens for the first time!
These are just some of the most common allergies in children, make sure to be vigilant, and to call a doctor if you notice any unusual or worrying reactions.
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