Sunday, February 19, 2012

Recognizing the Signs

When you first learn that your child is allergic to something it can be very overwhelming. It is scary to see your child suffer through something like that. Just remember to stay calm. Without a clear head you cannot think clearly to make the best decisions for your child.

First, when feeding your children new foods, remember to feed one new food at a time. Also, starting them out young can increase the likelihood that they will develop an allergy.

If after feeding your child a new food, or even something they have had before, they develop any of these signs immediately seek medical attention.

  • Hives (Red bumps on the skin that itch and can be hot to the touch)
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Severe stomach pains
  • Dizziness 
  • Feinting
  • Swelling around the eyes, nose, mouth or other areas of the body
Mild signs can include
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild itching of the mouth
  • Nausea
No matter the signs, you should seek medical help. If the allergy is not severe it can still become severe over time.

It is important not to place your child into a warm bath once symptoms have started as this can worsen them and speed up the process.

If you have any questions you can ask me here. I am always happy to help in any way that I can.

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