If you child seems down all the time, has upper respiratory issues, or has chronic stomach issues, they could have allergies. If you suspect your child may have allergies, here are some common allergy symptoms to look for. It’s important to document any suspected allergy symptoms to have a better idea of whether or not your child does, in fact, have allergies.
There are different allergies that have various allergy symptoms to watch out for. While this list of symptoms is in no way a substitute for a visit to the doctor, it is a way to arm yourself with information prior to taking your child in for a visit.
Food Allergy Symptoms
Many food allergy symptoms are identical to environmental allergy symptoms. However, there are some symptoms that are unique to a food allergy.
- Eczema: Environmental allergies can cause skin irritation but Eczema is an irritation most commonly associate with food allergies.
- GI Tract Discomfort: This is one of the most common food allergy symptoms, and it covers everything from nausea to vomiting to diarrhea and more.
- Dizziness or Fainting: An allergic reaction to food may involve dizziness or due to an increased pulse and heart rate.
Environmental Allergy Symptoms
You may already know of several of these allergy symptoms, as environmental allergies are the ones we see the most. Environmental allergies are everything from pollen and dust to dust mites and bug bites.
- Upper Respiratory Irritation: This includes, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, a runny, itchy nose, and watery eyes.
- Conjunctivitis: Although this is a common childhood ailment, it’s also one of the allergy symptoms that can let you know your child has a problem.
- Itching: Itching everywhere. Environmental allergies can cause itching of the nasal passages, as well as the ears, mouth, throat, eyes, and skin.
- Hives: Hives can be so small they appear to be a rash to the classic, huge ones we’ve all seen.
- Allergic Shiners: These are dark circles that form under the eyes due to increase blood flow to the sinuses.
- Allergic Salute: This occurs when a child with allergy symptoms frequently rubs their nose upwardly to reduce itching. This repeated motion causes a crease in the nose.
Allergy Symptoms are Easily Treated
If your child constantly has GI tract or upper respiratory issues, and you can’t figure out why. Start to document their symptoms. You could find out that they are exhibiting allergy symptoms. This is great information to have when you take them in for a doctor’s visit.