There are a large number of allergies that can affect toddlers and young children, some of which include, mold, drugs, animal dander, insects, pollen and dust, the list is endless. Allergies can manifest themselves in a number of ways; some may affect the respiratory system while some may show as intestinal problems or skin problems. So how does a parent determine if their toddler has an allergy or not?
There are a large number of ways to identify allergies in small children and toddlers. This however may prove to be quite a challenge at times, simply because the symptoms may range from being mild to severe. In fact, an allergy that displays mild symptoms may often go undetected for long.
Toddler skin allergy problems should on no account be ignored, as these can have serious implications on the child’s health. Here are a few tips on identifying if your toddler has an allergy or not. Maintain a journal of any symptoms that are displayed. This will help in establishing a relationship between the symptoms and their possible causes. To figure out if your child has a nasal allergy, the following questions need to be answered. Is the toddler suffering from a cold very often? If the child has been displaying symptoms of a cold for over a week, then the possibility of them suffering from a nasal allergy is high.
Other symptoms of nasal allergies include rashy or irritated skin, constant coughing, snoring, wheezing, mouth breathing, red watery eyes and constant sneezing.
To check for food allergies parents need to look out for one or more of the following signs; swelling, hives that may be mild or severe, watery eyes, breathing problem and a runny nose. These symptoms generally tend to show up a few hours after the child has consumed the food item that he or she is allergic to. Please bear in mind though, that some allergies may not display symptoms immediately, they cause other problems such as constipation, upset stomach, eczema, vomiting, diarrhea, chronic infections and illnesses. Skin allergies generally appear as red, inflamed rashes, which may be crusty, cracked or blistered. Toddler skin allergy medication will depend entirely on the condition and the severity of the symptoms. If in case your child displays any of the above mentioned symptoms, then they probably have some kind of an allergy, thus consulting the child’s pediatrician would be the most prudent thing to do.