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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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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