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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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
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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