Preventing Allergies in Children

Allergies occur when the body’s immune systems reacts to a certain substance the way it is not supposed to. This reaction to an otherwise ordinary substance can be exaggerated as to make the immune system feel that it is being attacked. Such substances are more commonly called as allergens. How they affect people may be different from one person to another.

Types of allergies

There are different types of allergies. There are those that can be traced back to the genes. A number of allergies can be handed down by parents to their children. There are also allergies that are not consistent with people on the same line of genealogy. There are times when a parent allergic to a certain substance may have a child that may be allergic to a quite different substance altogether.

Some allergies may be brought about by environmental factors. A different environment such as what travelers experience when traveling can be enough to trigger an allergy. The reason for this is because the body may be subjected to foreign substances in other countries that can trigger an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of allergies

Symptoms of an allergic reaction may differ, depending on the severity of the reaction of the immune system to a particular allergen. The usual symptoms associated with an allergic reaction would be irritation of the nose that brings about sneezing, itching and redness of the eyes, a narrowing of the airways, shortness of breath, coughing as well as wheezing. Some of the most severe cases of allergic reactions can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, bodily system shock, coma and even death.

How to prevent allergies?

There are many ways in which allergies can be prevented. The first approach in the treatment of allergies is usually avoiding exposure to substances that can cause the allergic reactions. Even though exposure to natural substances can prevent allergy, exposure to an allergen should be avoided when an allergy already has developed. Ways of preventing allergies are:

  • Avoid food that can trigger an allergic reaction
  • Avoid contact with animals one have an allergic reaction towards.
  • Keep rooms, clothes beds and furniture well cleaned.
  • Avoid use of cleaners, soaps and cosmetics containing unnatural additives.
  • Avoid foods, drinks and snacks containing unnatural additives and ingredients.
  • Avoid daily exposure to chlorine and other chemicals that can cause allergies.
  • Avoid taking medication that may cause allergy
  • Avoid growth of molds in the environment. This can be done by regular cleaning and keeping the environment dry.