Parenting a Child with Allergy

What is allergy?

Child allergies are a common thing that parents deal with. However, dealing with is not a walk in the park for any parent. It’s a very serious issue as far as the parents are concerned. Most parents would like to immediately know what the cause of their child’s allergy is, thus setting appointments here and there just to determine the necessary cause of their child’s allergy.

What the doctor do?

However, allergy testing on children may not be the best option that the parent could provide. Because most parents desire that their child be tested for suspected allergies, it isn’t always recommended by doctors.

The first thing that doctors might recommend to parents is to simply try and eliminate the common things that trigger allergies in children. Doctors will expressly maintain their stand that allergy testing should not be started in children simply because it is quite too early for children to be undergoing that type of serious medical testing.

The main reason why a child is being tested for allergies is because he or she wants to know where he or she is allergic to. The way that the doctors recommend doing it is by simply restricting the different types of food that your child eats. This will minimize the presence of allergens in your child’s diet and by doing that, you will be able to pinpoint the necessary allergen that you need to take out in your child’s diet.

Common allergens

The most common food allergens are milk, peanuts, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, eggs and tree nuts. Other allergens include trees, medications, insect venom from a bite or sting, pollens grasses, weeds, dust mites, mold and animal dander. The easiest allergies to detect are those of plants because excessive pollen production is seasonal.

One of the tricky parts here is that the common triggers may be hard to pinpoint by way of diet elimination simply because there are a lot of foods that may contain hidden ingredients. If your child is allergic to milk, he or she should also avoid foods which have whey, nougat, lactalbumin and casein.

It’s not just one whole product that needs to be eliminated but also the different hidden ingredients that come with the food. This makes restricting one’s diet extremely hard to do simply because it won’t give your child enough calories, vitamins and minerals that he or she needs to stay healthy.

Finally, there is the uncontrollable factor of your child encountering the allergen maybe outside your home. This could be in the next-door neighbor’s lawn or maybe the school has a stray cat always lingering in the gymnasium where your child plays P.E. There could be a thousand and one reasons as to why your child will show signs of allergies outside of the controlled environment of the house.

Ultimately, you should ask your child to help you determine the cause of his or her allergies. Being able to isolate the cause will greatly help you in taking care of your child. In the long run, you teach him or her to be mindful of their health and have enough responsibility to say "No" to foods which may cause an outbreak.