To reduce allergens replace furnace and air filters every 1-2 months during peak allergy seasons.
To reduce allergens wash bedding in hot water to remove dust and kill bacteria.
Allergies are not that common, only around 6% of children are likely to have them. It is more likely to be food intolerance.
If your child is having an allergic reaction, it will be because their immune system, having been alerted a previous time when eating the same food, releases antibodies to fight off what it sees as an attack.
If child has severe food allergy, inform caretakers, babysitters & parents of friends that the food is not allowed near child. Source
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Lactose intolerance is a common example of food intolerance caused by lacking an enzyme needed to digest milk sugar.
When the child eats milk products, symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea can occur.
Introduce new foods during the morning or early afternoon. This will enable you to deal with any adverse reactions when your pediatrician is in office. Should an adverse reaction occur during the morning/early afternoon, it will cause the least amount of disruption in baby’s fragile routine.
Eight top allergens account for 90 percent of all food allergies.
These include Tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), Eggs, Milk, Peanuts, Shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp), Wheat, Fish (bass, cod, flounder) and Soy
In many children, an allergic reaction to a food causes chronic eczema. These dry, scaly patches of skin usually show up on the face, kneecaps, and elbows.
By the time a toddler reaches school age, food allergies have usually presented themselves. However, it can be important to remember that allergic reactions to foods served in a school setting are possible.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), about 25 percent of reactions in school-age children occurred at school, either in cafeterias, playgrounds or classrooms.
Although many parents suspect their child is allergic to certain foods, only about 6 percent of young children and 3 to 4 percent of adults in the United States have a food allergy.
According to figures released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011, based on the agency’s National Health Interview Survey, 4.5 percent of children younger than 18 years of age have a food allergy.
Antihistamines are the gold standard of allergy treatment. They work by blocking the effect of histamine, the chemical released from certain cells in the body after being exposed to an allergen.
There are certain foods that are not recommended for the first year of life, eggs, shellfish, fish, nuts, and peanuts are not recommended.
Studies show that allergy symptoms are worse at night between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Taking allergy medicine at night before bedtime may help reduce morning allergy symptoms such as sneezing and nasal congestion.
Educate the cafeteria staff. If your child will be purchasing school lunches, It’s recommended meeting with the cafeteria staff and providing them with a picture of your child. This will help them identify your child so they can steer them toward smart choices when buying their lunch.
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