For some parents, they are highly aware of their children's allergies, reactions, and how to avoid these adverse reactions. For others, first-time allergic reactions show up suddenly, and the situation can be severe and overwhelming. Allergic results may vary from mild to severe, so consider the type of response your child is experiencing before administering first aid.
For a mild allergic reaction, there are a few common symptoms. These include itchiness, skin redness, swelling, and a stuffy or a runny nose.
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Sneezing is another typical reaction to allergies that come with itchy or watery eyes and red bums around the body. These bumps often arise at the site where the skin has met the allergen.
In the case of a mild allergic reaction, give your child a child-friendly allergy medication such as an oral antihistamine. You may take care of it initially at home if you have access to an EpiPen that will help ease your child's symptoms. These are medically prescribed and should be kept nearby at all times in case of a moderate to the severe allergic reaction.
It is important to remember that many moderate to severe allergic reactions – especially those that are a new and scary experience for your child and yourself – need the attention of a doctor. In case of an emergency, rush to your local children's after-hours clinic to make sure that your child's reaction can be controlled with medical attention.
More several reactions will include the following symptoms: swelling of the mouth or tongue, difficulty swallowing, speaking or breathing and wheezy. Other symptoms will include dizziness, fainting as well as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. These more severe reactions, as mentioned, should seek medical attention immediately.
The best way to help avoid allergic reactions in children is to be preventative. If you know that your child has an allergy to medication or food, make sure that they do not ingest these substances. Be careful not to expose your kid to their allergen to avoid triggering an adverse reaction. Keep their medication on you just in case.
Sudden allergic reactions can be scary for both parents and children – children especially. As a parent, it is essential for you to be ready for anything when your child has a known allergy and to be careful not to expose them to it as much as possible. Always be prepared for mild allergic reactions and see a doctor immediately when it becomes severe or life-threatening.