As a developing organism, children are very susceptible to allergens. Their immune systems are still in development or they simply have a bad reaction to certain conditions. This hypersensitivity to environmental factors can come and go sometimes, but you’ll always have to keep an attentive eye.

Symptoms may differ for different types of allergies. They are usually apparent like sneezing, swelling and shortness of breath. Although food and pollen are the most usual suspects, there are other allergens to look for. Insect stings and medications can create serious problems and even lead to life-threatening events.

However, early exposure to allergens may create resistance to their influence. Treatments usually include antihistamines, epinephrine and in some cases allergen immunotherapy. Even though allergies are common, they still present problems and can cause considerable health issues, especially for a child.

Additionally, child’s behavior is something that could show you the first signs of an allergy. Of course, not every sneezing or rash come from allergens. Nonetheless, allergies can manifest themselves differently than expected and thus be harder to notice.

Food allergy

Our bodies use the food we eat for energy, and the brain itself uses up to 30% of it. That’s why food allergies are common, but unfortunately sometimes go unnoticed. They can influence the hormonal balance and chemical levels in our bodies, thus creating certain states which can be diagnosed with mental illnesses.

For example, wheat allergy can cause a person to act as though suffering from manic depression. This means that the individual undergoes drastic mood changes. They can be hyperactive one day and depressed the next. The influence of food on the nervous system was the subject of many studies. The results show that allergenic foods can cause agitation, fatigue, anxiety, schizophrenia and learning disability.

There are tests now that can help you determine if your child has certain food intolerability. Your child may suffer from the Allergic Tension-Fatigue Syndrome which can affect their performance in school. This syndrome manifests through irritability, low concentration, and hyperactivity. It can easily go unnoticed since these are not uncommon characteristics for a child.

It’s important to note that organic elements are not the only culprits when it comes to food allergies. Chemicals used in food processing, pesticides and herbicides can also cause reactions. The moment the cause of allergies is determined and eliminated, the symptoms disappear. The foods causing the most allergies are chocolate, beef, egg, wheat, milk, cane sugar, and corn.

Hereditary allergies

If there are cases of allergies in your family, then your child will most likely have it as well. However, even though this is a known fact, it doesn’t mean that your child will have the same allergy as you or any whatsoever. Hereditary factors certainly are present and you still have to keep a closer look if they show development.

Nonetheless, this is a sign that you should pay close attention to your child’s behavior. If they react to certain elements like you do, like dust, pollen or milk. Additionally, allergies are gender related to between parents and children. Namely, mother and daughter will most likely develop the same allergy, so this is another factor to include when you observe your child’s behavior.

If you believe that your child may suffer from the same allergies as you or close relative, have them tested even before you notice any symptoms. There is a 50% chance that your child inherited the allergy from you, so you can get ahead of it and mitigate the symptoms in time. Sometimes, you can even prevent the allergy altogether, especially if it’s caused by food.

Hidden allergens

The most dangerous are those hidden factors that cause allergies. A runny nose and sneezing can usually be the cause of chronic sinus problems. A rash can be first manifested as a bug bite or caused by sweat. No matter those misinterpretations of signs, people do tend to prevent all possible causes of allergies.

Regular AC repair and maintenance, house cleaning, protection against insects on windows and reading labels on the food products are only some things people do to fight potential allergies. But if child’s symptoms persist, then it’s time to consult a physician and have them tested.

For example, wool allergy is not so common but can cause asthma-like symptoms. Since wool is a natural material and present in clothes, covers, and shoes it’s not one of the usual suspects. If any health issue your child has persists even though you protected them from all known allergens, then have them tested. It is the only way to make sure.

Final thoughts

You constantly monitor your child, there is no doubt in that. However, if you notice some drastic behavior changes or health conditions which continue even after treatment, it can be the sign of an allergy. Early detection can help your child develop resistance and stronger immune system, as well help them avoid the detrimental allergens.


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