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The Kid Fix – How do I treat my child’s seasonal allergies?

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This video answers the question of how to treat your child’s seasonal allergies. Other topics include allergy testing, hives (urticaria) and post-nasal drip.

Hi i’m dr. ahmed eric kevin welcome to an other episode of the kid fix the seasons are changing your child has a runny nose itchy eyes a sore throat a cough that just won’t go away what’s causing all this well there can be a lot of things causing each individual symptom but most commonly around this time of year the spring the causes allergies only about 8 to 9

Percent of kids in the united states are actually diagnosed with seasonal allergies or hay fever even if your child has never suffered from symptoms of seasonal allergies before it is not uncommon for your child to develop symptoms for the first time symptoms of seasonal allergies can include a sore throat a cough a runny or stuffy nose watery or itchy red eyes

Swelling around the eyes or even swelling of the face we can carry allergens such as pollen on our clothes in our hair so one of the first things i recommend you do for your child if they’re experiencing symptoms of allergies is to have them remove their clothes when they get home from school take a quick rinse in a bath or shower and put on new fresh clothes that

Haven’t been exposed to the outside world another thing you can do is run a hepa filter in your house or specifically in the room where they spend the most time hepa filters trap dust and dirt particles from the air many of which are causing your child’s allergy symptoms another thing you could consider doing before moving on to medications to treat your child’s

Allergies is trying a saline nasal spray or saline nasal drops here’s an example of a common one this is a nasal spray by a brand called little remedies and this would be safe to use in really any age group basically the intent of these normal saline sprays and drops is to help gently wash away the mucus another thing i recommend is to keep your child as well

Hydrated as possible because that’s gonna help thin out their secretions at the first step when it comes to medications and treating your child seasonal allergies i recommend in plural antihistamine there are many empty histamines on the market right now and the one were most familiar with is one that has a sedating effect or causes drowsiness and that would

Be diphenhydramine or benadryl there are three main non-sedating antihistamines on the market right now all of which are safe in children the ones pediatricians most commonly recommend our generic zyrtec and generic claritin that is city racine or loratadine the nice thing about these antihistamine medications is that you only have to dose them once a day these

Medications are marketed as safe in children two years and above i can tell you that i commonly use satine in children less than two but i still agree with the label comment which is consult with your doctor if you plan to use it on your child who’s less than two if the oral antihistamine isn’t enough something i commonly prescribed for children is a low dose

Inhaled corticosteroid the american academy of pediatrics recommends a low dose inhaled corticosteroid as the first line of treatment for seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis there are many brands of medicated nasal sprays typically their low dose steroids that help decrease the inflammation in the nasal passages most of them used to be prescription only but

Now almost all of them can be purchased without a prescription over-the-counter many times your child will also have cough that’s worse at night and worse in the morning a cup that’s worse at night can mean a lot of things but when it’s worse at night and worse in the morning and they’re also exhibiting other signs of seasonal allergies it likely could be from

Something called post nasal drip post means after as a result of nasal nose drip a drip right and so post nasal drip is a fancy way of saying that the mucus that’s building up in the back of your nose is falling on your throat and causing irritation which then results in a cough most of the time it’s a dry chronic cough with or without mucus keeping the underlying

Allergies will ultimately cure the cough when it comes to both the oral antihistamines and the low dose inhaled corticosteroids consistency is the key while the medication can work at the first use they typically take several days before they start to work effectively especially if the allergies have been there for a long time so give it some time so now you’ve

Tried everything you’ve changed their clothes and rinse them off when they came home from school you started your child on oral antihistamines you’re using a medicated nasal spray but still there’s suffering with congestion and cough and runny nose and all other allergy symptoms fortunately there are other medications that your doctor could prescribe however those

Medications require further discussion with your doctor i can’t tell you the number of families that come in to see me because they want their child tested for allergies in certain situations allergy testing makes sense if your child has a chronic condition that’s exacerbated by certain food or environmental allergies an allergy testing may make sense for you if

Your child has ever had anaphylaxis which is a life-threatening medical condition then yes i agree allergy testing is a good idea however in most cases allergy testing is actually not indicated and not very helpful in treating your child a lot of times when we do these tests everything comes back negative or normal and that’s because we can’t test for everything

Out there so just because everything comes back negative or normal doesn’t mean your child doesn’t have seasonal allergies something else that can be caused by seasonal allergies which scares families are hives hi also known as nordic area is a rash of round red welts that are usually really itchy the nature of hives is that they come and go common question i

Get is my child has hives i gave them an antihistamine but then a few hours later the hayek’s came back well in those cases that family is just confirming that their child does indeed have hives there are many causes of hives one is the topic of this video seasonal allergies but other things that can cause hives are viral illnesses or colds reaction to food and

Sometimes reaction to medicines the truth is oftentimes we as doctors don’t know what’s causing the hives we treat them just like we treat the other symptoms of seasonal allergies with an antihistamine if your daily non-drowsy antihistamine is not enough to control your child’s hive you can also throw on something like benadryl using benadryl at night may have

A dual effect both controlling the hives in the head and helping your child to sleep just keep in mind that in a certain subset of children benadryl actually has a paradoxical reaction that means the opposite reaction to what we expect so instead of getting sleepy kids become hyperactive thank you so much for watching the topic of allergies is so huge that it

Constitutes the whole medical specialties here i’m simply trying to answer the most common questions i get in relation to a child seasonal allergies in the future i do plan on tackling the question of anaphylaxis and hives in greater detail especially when it released some medication and allergies due to those medications remember to like subscribe comment and

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The Kid Fix – How do I treat my child's seasonal allergies? By The Kid Fix