Remember that your toddler can have a reaction to a food even if she’s eaten it before without any problem.
So if your child inherited the tendency to be allergic to eggs, she might not have a reaction the first few times she eats them — but eventually she’ll show symptoms.
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.
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.
From: A Child grows in brooklyn.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review what you can do when you are having a hard time getting your child’s allergy symptoms under control.
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.
Worried that your toddler could be suffering from allergies or asthma? Coughing, wheezing, itching, or a runny nose could mean you’re right.
Children who suffer with allergy symptoms can have reduced productivity at school, poor sleep, and daytime drowsiness.
Did you know that Play-Doh may cause allergy reactions for tots with wheat allergies?
Did you know that nearly 85 percent of allergy sufferers are allergic to dust mites.