Pediatric Allergy Treatment Scottsdale, AZ
At KidsHealth Pediatrics in Scottsdale, Dr. Maria Nabong Offers Allergy Treatment & Care for Children of All Ages. Please Call Our Clinic Today at (602) 783-8655 or Visit Us at 5425 E Bell Rd Suite 131, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. We Are Open 5 Days a Week.
What does it mean to have pediatric allergies?
A very common chronic disease that many adults and children have is allergies. They could be very subtle or become very severe. But, what does it mean for a child to have pediatric allergies? An allergy is simply the immune system overacting to a substance that appears to be harmless to the majority of people. What triggers the allergic reaction is called allergens. In the person with allergies, their body will attack the allergens which causes reactions that can range from very mild to fatal. Allergies in young children can consist of a variety of things including sensitivities to certain medications, environmental allergies, or certain foods.
Unfortunately, a child or adult can develop allergies at any age. So, with that being said, your child can become allergic to a certain medication on the first time that it is taken – or after taking it several times. Very common environmental allergies include pollen, bees, animals such as cats and dogs, grass, or dust. Very common food allergies can include milk, peanuts, fruits, seafood, or eggs.
What can cause my child to have allergies?
Hereditary factors will play a rather large part in determining whether a child will develop allergies. Also, having at least one parent or sibling with allergies gives a child a 25% chance of developing allergies and this chance increases with every additional family member who has allergies. However, very specific allergies and certain types of reactions are not necessarily hereditary – so it is not very likely that the child will be allergic to the same exact things as the parent, nor will they always react in the same way. Children that are allergic to one substance are more likely, and susceptible, to developing allergies to other allergens as well. While heredity factors are very likely to be passed down to children – children who do not have any relatives with allergies are also able to develop them over time.
What are symptoms of pediatric allergies?
There are many symptoms that will indicate or show that a child has developed or has had an allergy. However, every child is very different and may experience the symptoms differently, and the reactions do not always stay the same – for example, this simply means is that a mild reaction in the past does not necessarily mean that they will have a mild reaction in the future. Some of the reactions can include some of the following:
- Itchy, watery, swollen or redness in eyes
- Runny, itchy, or blocked/stuffy nose
- Postnasal drip
- Swollen lips and/or tongue
- Itching lips, tongue and/or throat
- Sore throat
- Coughing, or coughing up clear mucus
- Wheezy while breathing
- Feelings of pressure in the chest
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Stomach ache or cramping
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feelings of restlessness and irritability
- Fatigue or tiredness
What are treatment options for pediatric allergies?
It is always very important to make an appointment with your doctor or pediatrician if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms. The symptoms of allergies will sometimes look and feel like other conditions or medical problems. So, it is advised to always consult with your child’s primary healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis so they can work with you to come up with a treatment plan that is right for your child. Treatment options for allergies may include:
- Nasal sprays
- Certain medicines for treating asthma symptoms
- Allergy shots
Do you have any additional questions about pediatric allergies? Do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff today at (602) 783-8655. Our pediatric clinic is conveniently located at 5425 E Bell Rd Suite 131, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.