Kids and Allergies

Do you have a child who suffers from allergies, and fear they will worsen as he or she gets older? Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears addresses the question of what causes allergies and if it's possible a child will outgrow them.

“Whether he’ll grow out of them depends on what he’s allergic to,” Dr. Sears says.

Some kids will outgrow respiratory allergies, and a lot of food allergies can be alleviated by avoiding that particular food for awhile; however, most animal allergies tend to persist. The Doctors suggest that parents keep an allergy journal and go see a specialist to find out what their child is allergic to.

Allergy Journal
Keep an allergy diary in order to best determine how to treat them. Log the date, time, day of the week, current weather, food intake, activities, changes in routine, symptoms and how long they last, etc. This will help you and your doctor determine a course of treatment.

Ask the Pharmacist
CVS Pharmacist Jeff McClusky recommends consulting your pharmacist before starting any allergy medication.

When the body is exposed to a substance it is allergic to (an allergen), the immune system responds by releasing histamines from mast cells. Such high levels of histamine cause allergic symptoms like runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, etc.

Allergen Triggers:
• Pollen
• Grasses
• Mold
• Dust mites
• Animal dander
• Industrial chemicals