When it comes to children’s health, there’s a lot to sort through as they grow. What may appear to be a cold could be an allergic reaction, or stomach cramps could signal a reaction to certain foods. At Laurel Pediatrics & Teen Medical Center we do not provide specialist allergy services, but we can help parents to identify when their children need to be referred to an allergy specialist. We collaborate with the specialists to provide maintenance management of kids with allergy conditions. To learn more, call our office today.
An allergic reaction occurs when your child’s immune system encounters something that it deems dangerous and jumps into action to fight it off.
A substance that causes an allergic reaction is called an allergen, and there are several types, including:
Seasonal allergies and food allergies are the most common in children. Among food allergies, the most common allergens are:
A child’s allergic reaction depends on the type of allergy. When it comes to seasonal allergies, pet dander, and mold, you can expect:
These reactions often fool parents into thinking it’s a cold, rather than an allergy.
With food allergies, children may experience any of the above, as well as:
If your child is allergic to latex or a certain ingredient in your laundry detergent, for example, you might find a rash, itchy skin, or hives.
It’s important to note that if your child displays any of the following, call 911 or get to your local emergency room:
These are all signs of anaphylactic shock and your child needs immediate medical care.
When it comes to treating allergies, we first review your child’s symptoms and performs tests to zero in on the allergen; these might be skin tests or blood tests.
Once the materials triggering the allergic reaction are identified, we will work with you and the specialists to provide ongoing management with medications that include:
Our providers will also work with you in collaboration with the specialist to continue the long-term plans for managing your child’s allergies, which include trigger avoidance, lifestyle changes, and long-term medications.
Often, children grow out of allergies, but while they have them, there’s much that our office can to do in collaboration with allergy specialists to help you manage them.
If you suspect your child has allergies, call Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical Center today.