Managing Your Child’s Allergies
posted: Dec. 20, 2018.
Here are some helpful tips for treating your child’s allergy symptoms.
Childhood allergies, everything from certain foods and insect stings to pollen and pet dander can lead to a variety of unpleasant and sometimes serious symptoms in your child. If your child is dealing with allergies, our pediatricians Dr. Jag Ambwani and Dr. Dolly Ubhrani at Longwood Pediatrics in Longwood, FL and serving the Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland areas can help.
While some allergies are a bit easier to pinpoint we understand that it can be more challenging to figure out what’s triggering your child’s allergy symptoms. This is why you have a children’s doctor that you can turn to in Maitland, FL, when your child displays symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing, coughing, upset stomach and itchy eyes. Here are some ways we help your child manage their symptoms.
Determine Their Allergy Triggers
This is probably one of the most important things to know if you want to protect your child from allergy attacks. While sudden changes in the weather may be to blame, there are other factors as well that can affect your child’s health. Common allergens include:
- Mold and mildew
- Dust mites
- Insect stings or bites
- Foods (nuts; shellfish; dairy)
- Pet dander
- Certain medications
We use percutaneous skin testing to determine what is causing allergy symptoms in your child. Once the allergen is determined, there are certain steps that you can take to reduce the chance of a reaction.
Limit Outdoor Activities
It’s important to check pollen levels during the day to figure out whether it’s a good idea for your child to go outside or not. While we know it isn’t always realistic to restrict them to staying inside, it’s a good idea to limit their time outdoors when pollen counts are high. Also, keep windows and doors closed on these days.
Keep Your Home Dust Mite-Free
One of the best ways to reduce dust mites is to make sure you keep your house clean. This means vacuuming and wiping down all surfaces, including carpets, furniture and even pillows. It’s very easy for carpets to trap dust and other allergens, so giving it a professional deep clean every so often can also help.
These are only some helpful tips for reducing your child’s allergy symptoms. Of course, sometimes allergy medications are needed to help control symptoms when they do arise. After all, even with the best at-home measures in place, allergens can still enter the home. Allergy shots are an effective way to manage certain allergies, such as against insect venoms or airborne allergens such as dust, pollen and animal dander.
Longwood Pediatrics wants to make sure that children of all ages get the proper medical care they need. While our office is in Longwood, FL, we provide care to the surrounding Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford and Maitland, FL, areas. If your child is having trouble getting their allergies under control then call us today at (407) 644-9970.
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