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Of all of our boys, the youngest was blessed with our allergies and my husband’s sinus troubles. He is 6 and we go through the allergy motions at least twice a year where we live in Wa. State. First, he gets the dark circles under his eyes and almost immediately after that the green nose discharge starts. He will clear his throat throughout the day and wake up with a raspy voice and appear a bit less energetic for a while. This is what seasonal allergies looks like in a child. He almost appears to not be bothered, but I know it has got to be a pain sitting in his first grade classroom with thick green running from his nose all day. His teachers get told by me when they see green to not worry-it means it’s his allergy time. With this being present for years, I have learned some great tips and I narrowed down the top 3 discussions worth having with your child’s pediatrician if your child seems to suffer like mine at any age.
When my son turned 2, he was suddenly at the age to start on children’s antihistamines. I had initially been told that I can give him a dose every night to keep the symptoms mild. However, I do not like giving meds unless real necessary and together, his Doctor and I found a schedule on starting and stopping antihistamines only during necessary times. As bad as his allergies get, I only have him on antihistamines about 3-4 weeks a year. Molina offers tips on medication safety.
My son’s Pediatrician had asked us at one point if we wanted him tested. I did not feel his allergies were food related as they happened at the right times of year for season changes and his symptoms were more the environmental irritations (dark circles around eyes, runny nose, itchy throat) so I decided against putting hi through that. I felt that it really did not matter what tree or grass it was unless I planned to move states because of it which we were not planning on. The treatments are pretty much the same regardless of what environmental allergy gets their symptoms running. It is important you know the language of your child’s symptoms. Because food allergies can lead to digestive and even respiratory problems, it is important you rule out food sensitivities and I would test for those if I suspected them in my son. The decision to test is yours or you may discuss doing elimination trials within their diets. Make sure you discuss every symptom and even keep a diary in advance to bring with you of symptoms and start dates and duration. Molina Healthcare offers more tips on how to prepare for Doctor visits.
We have all had colds or suffered from allergies and can recall how miserable we are. Some of us even take a day off of work because of the symptoms. We forget that our kids also suffer this way. Sometimes they feel it before we see the symptoms so make sure you discuss expected changes in mood and behavior with your child’s pediatrician. Not only does the internal effects of allergies disrupt mood and behavior, but so can medications. Knowing when to expect that your child may need extra attention or rest will help them feel better more quickly. Also, you should always alert their Teacher if he/she needs to expect an off day.
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