How Do I Know If My Child is Allergic to Something
Skin rashes and difficulty in breathing as well as sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, itchy mouth, swelling of the face, runny nose, stomach upset. Both outdoor and indoor elements (including food) can trigger allergies so it’s best to closely monitor your child for any allergy symptoms. It also helps to consult an allergy or immunology specialist (after referral and consulting a GP) for a proper assessment (could be a skin-prick test or blood tests).
How do I know if my child is allergic to something
Dust, pollen, insect bites and stings, animal hair or fur, moulds, perfume, peanuts, milk and eggs are some of the triggers. These are often harmless to most people but because of how a person’s immune system overreacts to a foreign substance, it could be life threatening. The immune system sees the rather common substance as dangerous which is why there’s an extreme response. Although fatal allergic reactions are rare, it’s still best to be safe.
How to help your child become safe then? Your child is exposed to probably dozens or hundreds of different substances each day. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, it’s just impossible to watch out for each object or substance he/she comes into contact with. It’s also the case about food. Perhaps your child accidentally consumed a meal or snack with peanuts or eggs. And when allergy symptoms do appear, you have no idea what triggered them.
Best way is to consult a GP and he/she might refer you to a specialist in allergies or immunology. This way your child won’t suffer in the first place and you gain peace of mind. Your child will be able to avoid the allergens and as soon as possible you can create an environment fit for your child. And in case of emergencies, you will be ready and you will minimise what your child has to go through when allergy symptoms do appear (e.g. you can refer to the Action Plans prepared by the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy).
It’s also crucial to make sure the nanny you hire has training in First Aid and CPR (as well as on what to do when asthma attacks or anaphylaxis happens). The early education centre where your child is in or will be should also have a safe environment (as well as providing meals and snacks that take into account your child’s allergy) and there should be respondents when emergencies happen.
An early correct diagnosis is critical here so that your child won’t have to go through unnecessary pain and discomfort. Early diagnosis and being proactive will also improve your child’s quality of life as well as help you gain peace of mind even when you’re busy or away.