Allergic Reactions in Children and their Treatments

Children may have an allergic reaction to food, a pet, medication or almost anything. The symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe.

How to gauge the symptoms of your child’s allergies?

Children who have mild allergies may complain of watery itchy eyes. This is often sneezing or a stuffy nose. On occasions they may develop hives, a very itchy localized swelling that looks like a mosquito bite. Other rashes that look like small bumps may also be allergies in the mild form.

These are normally treated with mild antibiotics like antihistamines which are available without prescription.

Mild allergic symptoms include a few respiratory symptoms like wheezing and coughing in addition to hives. Here the child must be evaluated by a doctor as the allergy may lead t serious issues or have a lasting impact.

Symptoms of severe allergic reactions would include everything from swelling in the mouth and throat, respiratory problems and low blood pressure. A severe allergic reaction can be potentially life threatening. If you child has such a reaction then he must be rushed to the emergency services in your area. He will need a shot of adrenalin under the skin.

Most parents and teachers carry epinephrine injections with them so that their children can receive an injection without delay. Take care not to inject the child if you are not sure of the symptoms.

The best thing you can do for a child having an allergic reaction is to rush the child to an emergency unit or a hospital. Even though the symptoms may not be severe, wasting time and trying home remedies may lead the child to having allergic reactions in the future as you are unaware of the source or the allergy can intensify and cause irreversible damage.

An allergic reaction needs to be shown to an allergist. He will help you to understand and decide if allergic desensitization will help your child.