Posts for tag: Allergies
Discover some simple ways to keep your child’s allergies in check.
Breaking out in hives after your child eats something they are allergic to or dealing with red, itchy eyes and sneezing when your little one goes out to play during the springtime are just some of the problems that parents face when they have kids with allergies.
Our pediatricians have convenient locations in Fairfax, Herndon, Great Falls, and Aldie, VA, where they offer both in-office and telemedicine visits to help you better control your child’s allergy symptoms, here are some additional helpful tips for controlling your child’s allergies.
If your child is playing outside or playing with the neighbor’s dog, it’s important that the moment they come inside that they wash their hands and face thoroughly to remove any trace of the allergen. If your child has outdoor allergies, you’ll also want to immediately toss their clothes into the wash and have your child hop in the shower or take a bath.
Avoid the Allergen
Sometimes this is easier said than done. However, there are certain allergies that may be a little easier to avoid. For example, if your child has food allergies it’s important that you not only know what food or foods that they are allergic to but also that they avoid these foods. By avoiding these foods, you can prevent hives, stomach issues, and other symptoms from flaring-up. If your child has outdoor allergies, it’s best to check the weather reports before letting your little one go outside to play.
Have Meds Handy
Regardless of whether your child is taking simple over-the-counter allergy medication or our pediatricians have prescribed an allergy medication, it’s important that your child always has easy access to their medications when symptoms arise. There are some chewable allergy meds that are easy for your child to take regardless of whether they are at home, school, or on the go.
Talk to a Doctor
If you’re having trouble getting your child’s allergy symptoms under control our Fairfax, VA, pediatricians can help. If you don’t want to come into the office right now, we offer telemedicine visits with our pediatricians so that you can talk to one of our doctors about ways to get your child’s symptoms under control or to discuss other treatment options. We can even refill prescriptions with a telemedicine visit.
Do you think your child has allergies but you’re not quite sure? If so, you should consult our pediatricians. With telemedicine visits, we can offer a lot of the same care that you have come to expect when walking through our doors here at Virginia Pediatric Group but virtually.
To schedule an in-person or telemedicine visit for your child at one of our convenient locations in Fairfax, Herndon, Great Falls, and Aldie, VA, call (703) 573-2432 today.
Sneezing. Watery eyes. Stuffy nose. These could just be symptoms of a cold or these could be signs that your child has allergies. If you notice that your child’s symptoms flare-up during certain times of the year then this could definitely be a sign of seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, allergies can impact everything from performance in school to participating in outdoor activities such as school sports. If you suspect that your child may have allergies it’s important to talk with your pediatrician.
Childhood Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms can also seem a lot like a cold or other upper respiratory problems. Common symptoms associated with allergies include:
- Watery, red, and itchy eyes
- Itchy nose
- Dark circles under the eyes or puffy eyelids
- Ear pain and chronic ear problems
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain and pressure
- Persistent cough
- Chest tightness
So, how can you tell that your child is dealing with allergies and not an infection? Some telltale signs include itchy eyes and nose, which are classic signs of allergies. If your child has a fever this is usually a sign of an infection and not allergies. Unlike a cold, allergy symptoms can last for weeks. You may also notice that your child’s symptoms come and go, appearing more often during the spring and fall months. Again, this is a trademark of childhood allergies.
Treating Childhood Allergy
There are many ways in which a pediatrician can help your child manage their allergy symptoms, and the treatments that are recommended will depend on the type and severity of your child’s symptoms. Most treatment plans include a variety of lifestyle changes and medication. Children with minor symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, while other children may require a prescription-strength allergy medication to tackle more moderate to severe symptoms.
Lifestyle modifications may include using a dehumidifier in your child’s bedroom, wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy seasons, bathing immediately after being outdoors, limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, and keeping pets out of bedrooms (if your child suffers from pet dander allergies).
For severe or unresponsive allergies, your pediatrician may recommend immunotherapy, or allergy shots. Allergy shots may be a good option for your child when other treatment options and medications have not been successful.
Are your child’s allergy symptoms impacting their daily routine? If so, our pediatricians can help them manage their symptoms so they can get back to enjoying days on the playground and time spent with family.
Especially during the younger years, adequate food and nutrition is vital for a child’s growth and development. But for some children, a snack or meal as simple as a peanut butter sandwich or a cup of milk can cause serious health problems. So, what’s a parent to do when they suspect their child is allergic to a certain food?
A food allergy is the abnormal response of the immune system to a food. It’s possible to be allergic to any food, but these particular foods are responsible for the majority of allergies: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and peanuts. Food allergies should not be confused with food intolerance, or food sensitivity, which is more common and less severe.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction typically occur within just moments to an hour after the child ingests a food. They can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, so it’s important for parents to understand what to do if they suspect their child is having an allergic reaction to food. Symptoms will vary for each child, but the most common telltale signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Itching or swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth or throat
- Light-headedness or loss of consciousness
Food allergy symptoms often resemble other medical conditions, so always contact your pediatrician for a proper diagnosis. If you suspect your child has a food allergy, remove that particular food from your child’s diet immediately. If the allergic reaction is severe, seek medical care right away.
The good news is that food allergies are often outgrown during early childhood. Your pediatrician or allergist can perform tests to pinpoint and track your child's food allergies They can also work with you to modify and manage your child’s diet to ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition for growth and development without putting them at risk for additional allergic reactions.