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As parents, it is natural to worry about our kids. It might be a worry about school or if they have friends and questioning whether they are happy and fulfilled in life. However, there is one worry that some parents deal with silently, and some don’t even experience it until they are presented with it head-on, and that is an allergy.
Some parents are aware of their child’s allergies from an early age, whereas some allergies can develop as they grow older or when they come into contact with something for the first time. There are different kinds of allergies that your child could face, and a few of them can have severe consequences. So it is a good idea to be more aware of what they are, how they can affect your child, and understand how you can test for them in the future. Hopefully, some of the points below will help with that.
How will an allergy present itself?
An allergy can present itself in a similar way to what you might recognise as an adult. You might notice your child is itching their eyes, sneezing, has a stuffy nose or they are complaining of a sore or tight throat. In severe cases, they may be vomiting, have trouble breathing, and even faint or pass out.
Can you test for allergies?
It is understandable that you might want to be in a situation where you are aware of what could be an allergy or cause an allergic reaction to something, and while you can’t rule anything out, you can look at using an allergy testing kit at home. This might be able to identify some of the things that could cause a reaction in their body. If you are concerned about allergies or feel that your child has a bad reaction more often than not, then you might want to speak with your doctor. However, a home testing kit should be able to identify the things that could cause the most risk and issues in day-to-day life.
What could cause an allergy?
There are many things that can cause an allergic reaction in your child. In many cases, it will come from what they consume such as dairy products or nuts. Allergies can also manifest because of the things your child might come into contact with such as an insect bite, pollen in the air, mold, or dust mites, for example. There are many different allergies, and people can react to them in different ways so it is worth understanding what could be the cause and avoiding it when possible.
Hopefully, this has made you a little more aware of what an allergy is and how it can manifest in your child.