We provide allergy treatment for the whole family at Bluegrass Allergy Care, and treating young children, including toddlers and infants, is one of our specialties. We are experienced in diagnosing children who are too young to explain or verbalize their discomfort. Identifying allergies in young children and remaining vigilant about their treatment is incredibly important to their health and safety.
“They did the testing on my nine year old daughter who was terrified of needles and they kept her calm and relaxed the whole time.” – K.J.
When allergy testing is necessary for young children we use special, new procedures to make the testing as comfortable as possible. Young children do not need to lie still, and may sit on their parent’s lap during testing.
In some cases the allergist may conduct what’s called a food challenge. This is when certain foods are given to the child in a controlled environment, under the supervision of the allergist, who can assess any reactions.
Treating allergies in children is not that much different than treating adults. Once we have identified your child’s allergies, we begin by explaining how to safeguard against the things that trigger your child’s symptoms, and what to do when your symptoms occur.
We then prescribe a personalized treatment plan for your child, which may include medications if necessary. Follow up office visits are an important part your child’s treatment plan. It allows us to monitor your child’s health and modify their treatment as they grow and change.
Children can have symptoms that may seem normal or harmless but are actually irritating allergic reactions. Since younger children aren’t able to fully communicate how they feel, they could be experiencing discomfort that may not be obvious to you. That’s why it’s important to always have a skilled allergist evaluate any symptoms your child may be having.
Common symptoms of allergies in children include rashes or hives, difficulty breathing, frequent sneezing or coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and upset stomach. Some allergies, including food allergies and bee stings, can be life threatening. If you suspect your child may have allergies, or there is a history of allergies in your family, call us today to set up an appointment. Early detection is the best prevention.