Allergic Reactions in Children Questions and Answers
Allergic reactions in children should not be mishandled, make sure you put your child’s allergic reaction treatment in the right hands, visit Night Lite Pediatrics for any of your child’s allergic reactions for treatment, and helpful information about their allergies. We are open late night, every night for your medical care needs. We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, West Melbourne, and Port St Lucie Florida areas.
During an allergic reaction, your immune system starts to fight substances that are normally harmless, but these substances try to attack the body. This overreaction can cause rashes, itchy eyes, runny noses, trouble breathing, nausea, and diarrhea.
Allergic reactions can range from mild to sudden and life-threatening.
How do you know if your child is having an allergic reaction?
Allergic reactions in children can be triggered by foods, medicines, pets, insect stings, pollen, and other things. Most allergic reactions are not serious. However, severe reactions can become life-threatening and do need immediate medical attention.
Signs your child may be having an allergic reaction will include:
Mild Allergic Reactions:
- Skin redness
- Slight swelling
- Stuffy, runny nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Red bumps found on the body
Severe Allergic Reactions:
- Swelling of the mouth or tongue
- Trouble swallowing or speaking
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Belly pain
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Dizziness or fainting
How long does it take for a child to have an allergic reaction?
Allergies occur when your child reacts to something in their environment. The substance that causes the reaction is called an allergen, it can be something like food, dust mites, or pollen.
Allergens cause your child’s immune system to release histamine and other substances into the child’s body which leads to the allergy symptoms being flared up.
There are two types of allergic reactions; an immediate allergic reaction happens within minutes or 1-2 hours of the child coming into contact with a substance that causes a flare-up from an allergic reaction.
The second reaction is a delayed allergic reaction which usually happens many hours after exposure. This allergic reaction can even happen several days after the child comes into contact with the substance that flares up an allergic reaction.
Allergic reactions can be mild, moderate or severe. To test for allergies, the child will have to get a proper assessment. It is best to talk to your pediatrician who can help refer you to an allergist or immunology specialist and get the proper tests completed.
What is the most common trigger for severe allergic reactions in children?
Food allergies are known to be some of the most common triggers for allergic reactions. A food allergy is an abnormal response in the body to a certain food. It is important to remember that this is different than food intolerance, which does not affect the body’s immune system, although some of the same symptoms may be present.
Before a food allergy occurs, the child must have been exposed to the food item at least once prior, or be sensitized through breast milk. The allergic reaction usually happens the second time the child eats the food item, which is when the allergic symptoms become present.
The most common triggers for severe allergic reactions in children include the following food items:
- Tree Nuts
Peanuts, eggs, and milk are the top causes of food allergies on the list for children, while peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish cause the most severe cases of allergic reactions we commonly see in children. While most children will outgrow their allergies, allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish can be lifelong.
If you are worried your child may have an allergy, or your child has had an allergic reaction, visit one of our convenient locations today. Our pediatricians are available when you need us most, do not hesitate to walk in or call us if you have a concern or are noticing symptoms of an allergic reaction with your child(ren), some allergic reactions can be mild, but they can turn severe. We are open late night, every night for any of your allergy concerns or allergic reactions.