Navigating Allergy Treatment for Your Child

Navigating-Allergy-Treatment-For-Your-Child

Journey Well | Allergies

At Journey Pediatrics, we’re committed to providing comprehensive care for children with allergies. If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s allergies, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Together, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to help your child thrive, even in the face of allergens common to our New Mexico.

 

Tips on how to effectively manage your child's allergies:

When your child shows signs of allergies, the first step towards treatment should be consulting your pediatrician. They may then suggest what next steps to take, such as further evaluations and treatments by a pediatric allergy specialist.

Identify Symptoms:

Allergy symptoms can mimic those of a cold, including a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches, and fatigue. If you suspect your child is experiencing allergies, consult your pediatrician for evaluation and management.

Antihistamines:

These medications, taken orally, can alleviate symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and hives. However, some antihistamines may cause drowsiness, so it’s essential to discuss the appropriate options with your pediatrician.

Nasal Corticosteroids:

Highly effective in controlling allergy symptoms, nasal corticosteroids are safe for long-term use in children. Daily use is recommended for optimal effectiveness in managing chronic symptoms.

Allergy Testing:

Identifying specific allergens through allergy testing is crucial for developing targeted treatment plans. Common environmental allergens in New Mexico include dust mites, pet dander, pollens, and molds.

Allergen Avoidance:

Minimizing exposure to allergens is key in managing symptoms. For instance, if your child is allergic to pets, consider finding a new home for the pet or implementing strict cleaning measures to reduce allergen levels.

Pest Control:

Professional extermination and meticulous cleanup can help eliminate pests and reduce allergen exposure. Sealing entry points for pests and storing food properly can further prevent infestations.

Environmental Control:

Implementing measures like using air conditioners, washing bedding regularly in hot water, and showering after outdoor activities can help reduce exposure to outdoor allergens like pollens and molds.

American Academy of Pediatrics Allergy Tips

Additionally, allergy immunotherapy, or allergy shots, may be recommended by your pediatrician for children with confirmed allergies. These shots can help decrease the need for daily medication by desensitizing the immune system to specific allergens over time.

Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website for more tips.

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