Helping Your Child Manage Their Allergies

Helping Your Child Manage Their Allergies

Get your child’s allergies under control with our help. 

Childhood allergies are pretty standard. In fact, in 2018 alone, 5.2 million children were diagnosed with hay fever, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. If you want help managing your child’s allergies, our Longwood, FL, pediatricians Dr. Jag Ambwani, Dr. Dolly Ubhrani and Dr. Nancy Zuker can help.

What Are the Different Kinds of Childhood Allergies?

Many things surround us that can cause an allergic reaction, but the most common allergens tend to be, 

  • Pollen (also known as hay fever)
  • Dust mites 
  • Mold
  • Cockroaches 
  • Pet dander
  • Foods (often eggs, shellfish, wheat and nuts) 
  • Medications 
  • Chemicals 
  • Insect bites or stings 

What Are the Symptoms of an Allergy?

If your child has an airborne allergy (e.g., pollen; mold), then you may find that they experience symptoms such as, 

  • Red, itchy or watery eyes (this can also be a symptom of conjunctivitis) 
  • Itchy nose 
  • Scratchy throat 
  • Stuffy nose 
  • Sneezing 
  • Coughing 

If your child is allergic to certain medications, foods or insect bites/stings, symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening. If your child begins wheezing, has trouble breathing or experiences lightheadedness, it’s essential that you seek emergency medical attention immediately. Other allergy symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, hives and stomachache should also be evaluated by our Lake Mary, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland, FL, pediatric team if they are reoccurring in your child.

How Do I Best Manage My Child’s Allergies?

Our pediatrician can work with you to ensure your child’s allergies are entirely under control. This usually requires lifestyle changes to avoid exposure while also providing medications that can ease symptoms when allergies occur. These may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays and more. For severe or life-threatening allergies, our pediatricians may prescribe an EpiPen, which should be used in case of anaphylaxis.  

Of course, you won’t know whether your child’s symptoms are due to allergies or not unless you bring them into our Lake Mary, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland, FL, practice for testing. The sooner we figure out what kind of allergies your child is dealing with, the sooner we can provide an individualized treatment plan. Call Longwood Pediatrics at (407) 644-9970 to book an appointment.

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