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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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.
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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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.
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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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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If your toddler is allergic to pollens, she will be more likely to have an allergic reaction during the spring, summer, and fall, but not as much in the winter
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There is no cure for food allergies. They may go away by themselves, but in the meantime the only way to overcome them is to avoid the food altogether.
If your child has had a severe reaction to the food, it is important to avoid this coming into contact in anyway with the food your child is going to eat.
Many families stop having the food altogether to avoid the possibility of another reaction.
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Dust mite and pet allergies tend to be worse in the morning than at other times of day.
A toddler food allergy is when our immune system wrongly interprets as harmful something we have eaten, and reacts to it.
Does your baby have allergies or is it just a nasty cold? One easy way to tell is to simply wait a few days. If the runny nose, congestion, and watery eyes seem to improve or go away then he more than likely has a cold. However, if the symptoms persist despite everything then nasal allergies may be to blame.
If you suspect your child has a true food allergy, then have her seen by a physician so testing can be arranged. Food allergies can be life threatening and therefore, must be taken seriously.
Once your child has been tested and the food allergy is confirmed, then it’s vital that he or she is well informed of what food he or she is allergic to and that this food is avoided without exception