If one parent has allergies, each child has a 50/50 chance of having them as well. When both parents do, this rises to 80%. Allergy symptoms may begin as early as 6 months of age. Treatment may involve avoidance, medications, or immunotherapy. Now children less than one year of age may benefit from exposure to many allergens, as this may help them to develop tolerance. Children less than 1 year who live with 2 or more pets have a lower incidence of allergic disease. This may be why allergic disease was uncommon back in the day when kids grew up on the farm.
Daily, consistent use of a second generation antihistamine (Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, Clarinex, Xyzal) is often very helpful. However, meds only treat inhalant allergens. Food allergies can only be treated by avoiding the food group or sublingual immunotherapy. Allergy testing in children can be accomplished safely and comfortably with a blood test. This blood test, or Immunocap, will test for common inhalant allergens and food allergens. By treating allergies early, you may keep your child from progressing along the allergic march into more serious health problems such as asthma.
This allergy treatment is performed by placing drops underneath the tongue twice daily. Once a child has been allergy tested, serum can be ordered and dispensed to the parents to use at home. Most children do not like getting shots, so this is a very easy, pain-free alternative. And since there are virtually no severe reactions or side effects, this type of immunotherapy can be done safely and conveniently at home. Although insurance does not typically cover this type of immunotherapy, costs are approximately $2 per day.
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