Skin allergies

A dirty bed sheet could be the main cause behind skin allergies or infections.So it is necessary that the bed sheets be cleaned on a regular basis.

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Combatting allergies

Child with allergies? Clean carpets weekly with a HEPA-filter vacuum and keep your child out of the room for at least half an hour afterward — since it can kick up dust and gunk that will exacerbate symptoms.

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Kids in contact with allergens

When a child with allergies comes into contact with an allergen – either by touching it, breathing it, eating it, or having it injected – her body mistakenly views it as a dangerous invader and releases histamines and other chemicals to fight it off.

These chemicals irritate the body and cause symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching, and coughing.

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Identifying allergies

Sometimes it will be easy to recognize the cause of allergies in a toddler. If one or both parents suffers from allergies, there’s a good chance that the child suffers from similar allergies.

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40% of kids have allergies

As many as 40 percent of kids are bothered by common indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold.

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Allergies and hereditary

The tendency to develop allergies is often hereditary, which means it can be passed down through your genes.

However, just because you, your partner, or one of your children might have allergies doesn’t mean that all of your kids will definitely get them.

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Air Quality and asthma

If your toddler has asthma, then you may already be familiar with air quality alerts. Poor quality air is fertile ground for asthma attacks, a serious summer health risk for toddlers with asthma.

Check your local news or online each morning to determine the status of air where you live and make plans accordingly.

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Dust and allergies

Dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergies. These microscopic insects live all around us and feed on the millions of dead skin cells that fall off our bodies every day.

Dust mites are the main allergic component of house dust, which is made up of many particles and can contain things such as fabric fibers and bacteria, as well as microscopic animal allergens.

Dust mites are present year-round in most parts of the United States (although they don’t live at high altitudes), and live in bedding, upholstery, and carpets.

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Allergy contrbutors

Dust, cats, peanuts, cockroaches all contribute to allergies. Up to 50 million Americans, including millions of kids, have some type of allergy. In fact, allergies account for the loss of an estimated 2 million schooldays per year.

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Allergic causing foods and diet

Evidence suggests there’s actually no reason to wait to give your child allergy-causing foods (unless you know they are allergic) .

Until very recently it was common practice to delay giving dairy foods until 12 months, eggs until age two, and seafood and nuts till age three, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its thinking in 2008, suggesting that these foods can be introduced to young children at the same time as other foods.

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Outgrowing allergies

The majority of children who have milk, egg, and wheat allergies outgrow them by the time they’re five. And surprisingly, about 20 percent of kids with peanut allergies, once thought to be lifelong, outgrow that too. Shellfish allergies, however, usually last a lifetime.

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Explaining food allergies

A food allergy is a reaction of the body’s immune system to something in a food or an ingredient in a food – usually a protein.

Common symptoms include skin irritations such as rashes, hives, and eczema, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting, sneezing, runny nose, and shortness of breath.

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Combatting allergy attacks

No matter how hard you try, it can be virtually impossible to control everything that goes into your toddler’s mouth.

That’s why it’s best to be prepared for when a child with allergies eats something they are allergic to by having children’s antihistamines (like Benadryl) on hand.

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Top allergens

The most common allergen foods – often called the "Big 8 – are peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, crustacean shellfish, and tree nuts such as walnuts and almonds. These eight foods cause more than 90 percent of all food allergic reactions. Among children, allergy to milk and eggs are most common. 

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Millions with food allergies

If your child has a food allergy, they’re not alone. It’s estimated that up to 5 million children in the US have a food allergy.

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Allergies and family history

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. To find out if your toddler truly has allergies (and to determine the allergenic culprit), consider going to an allergist to get him tested.

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Dust mites

Dust mites congregate where moisture is retained and food for them (human skin scales) is plentiful.

They are especially numerous in bedding, upholstered furniture, and rugs. Padded furnishings such as mattresses, box springs, and pillows should be encased in allergen-proof, zip-up covers, which are available through catalogs and specialized retailers.

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High pollen-count days

Those with allergies might want to avoid going outdoors on high pollen-count days.

You can check the pollen count daily on the local weather and news reports, and on Web sites such as American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Peak time is early morning from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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Identifying food allergies

Symptoms that occur repeatedly after eating a particular food that may include hives, swelling, gagging, coughing or wheezing, vomiting or significant abdominal pain may point to food allergies

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Allergy or cold?

Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms that last more than a week or two, or develop at about the same time every year, including a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, throat clearing, and itchy, watery eyes may be the signs of allergies

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