Have you noticed lately that your child’s cold symptoms have been lasting longer than a normal cold? A normal cold can stay in a system between 7-10 days. If a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing keep happening after this your child may have an allergy. Allergy symptoms can be very similar to a cold and that is where it can get very tricky to decide on if your child has a persistent cold or if has turned into an allergy. Ask your doctor if you are unsure. If you truly feel your child has an allergy you can take them to the doctor who may recommend that you see an allergist. At the allergist office your child may have to go through a blood test or a skin test, which is where they rub certain allergens onto you child’s skin and wait for a reaction to see what they are allergic too. If the blood test comes back inconclusive the allergist will want to do the skin test. If you don’t want to put your child through all the tests just yet there are lots of things you can do on your own before.
There maybe some things you can do before you have to put your child through the allergen test. If you can identify the allergen yourself that can save a lot of trouble and extra testing. If it is the colder winter months and your child is experiencing allergy symptoms it may be an interior allergy. There are lots of allergens outside, such as pollen, but in the colder months that is usually not a cause for people’s allergies since most of the pollen and flowers are dead. If there is a pet in the home try removing the pet for awhile and seeing if that helps, if so then you have just discovered the allergen without putting your child through those test. But it may not always be that easy. If you have flowers in your home you may consider removing them if you suspect your child to be allergic. There are lots of places in your child’s bedroom that allergens can hide and manifest.
Your child’s bed can be a home for dust mites. Washing sheets, and bedding on a weekly basis can eliminate the amount of dust mites. Make sure you are washing on a hot cycle to make sure all the dust mites are getting killed. You can find hypoallergenic mattress covers, and pillowcases for your mattress and pillows that aren’t as easily washable. Stuffed animals have a tendency to live on kid’s beds. Which can be another home for dust mites to settle on. If you cannot get rid of the stuffed animals from the bed, try washi