Signs of allergy

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.

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The beginning of food allergies

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.

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Percentage of children with allergies

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.

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Types of allergic reaction

There are 2 types of allergic reaction: immediate and delayed: Immediate: hives, itchy throat, watering eyes. Delayed: rash, gastrointestinal problems. If your child has an allergic reaction: call 911, call your doctor and then hold off giving that food for awhile.
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Cause of allergies

Allergies happen when your toddler’s immune system overreacts to a normally innocuous substance. Common allergenic substances include mold, dust mites, pet dander, and pollen.

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Food Allergies in young children

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.

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Allergies or asthma

Don’t forget to consider your child’s allergies and whether or not he has asthma though, in addition to if he is responsible enough to take of a pet.

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Antihistamines and allergies

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.

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Allergies and night time

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.

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Allergies and school lunch

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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Playdates and pets

When hosting playdates, as a courtesy, tell your guests ahead of time if you have any pets. Moms and kids may not be able to attend because they have allergies, and it’s best for them to know before they show up and start sneezing.

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Getting allergy symptoms under control.

Review what you can do when you are having a hard time getting your child’s allergy symptoms under control.

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Kids and parents with allergies

If one parent has allergies, your child has a 25 percent chance of having them. If both parents have allergies, then your child’s odds are at least 50 percent.

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Allergy symptoms

Worried that your toddler could be suffering from allergies or asthma? Coughing, wheezing, itching, or a runny nose could mean you’re right.

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Allergies and productivity

Children who suffer with allergy symptoms can have reduced productivity at school, poor sleep, and daytime drowsiness.

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Play-Doh and allergies

Did you know that Play-Doh may cause allergy reactions for tots with wheat allergies?

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Are you allergic?

Did you know that nearly 85 percent of allergy sufferers are allergic to dust mites.

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Allergies in infants

The first sign of allergy usually in infants is eczema, which is a dry, itchy, scaly skin condition the hallmarks are really itching and dryness and redness of the skin.

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Allergy symptoms

You can suspect allergies if your child has symptoms after being around a specific indoor allergy trigger. These allergy symptoms usually include a runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, and red eyes.

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Asthma in Toddlers

Asthma in Toddlers is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. Asthma in Toddlers affects as many as 10%-12% of children in the U.S. and, for unknown reasons, is steadily increasing.

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