Posts for: June, 2017
Wondering if your child has an allergy? An allergy involves an overreaction by your immune system, often to harmless substances such as pollen or foods. Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics PC in Las Vegas, NV, provide treatments for children with allergies. Here are some general tips to help distinguish an allergy.
Check your child's symptoms
If you're not sure if your child has a cold or an allergy, inventory their symptoms. If the list encompasses a low-grade fever, yellow or greenish mucus, coughing or joint and muscle, then it's more likely a cold. But if your child has watery, red or itchy eyes; sneezing; clear nasal discharge; or their ears or throat feel scratchy -- then they may have an allergy.
Timing is everything
The duration and time of year your child's symptoms occur can be strong clues to identifying their root cause. If your child's symptoms have lasted for a few weeks or a few months, they are probably dealing with an allergy. If your child's symptoms get worse in the spring or fall when pollen counts are higher, then it's more likely to be an allergy. Seasonal allergies mean just what they say; they come and go with the seasons.
Visit with your child's Las Vegas doctor
If allergy symptoms continue to bother your child and at-home treatments fail to work, or if you're still unable to tell if your child has an allergy, then it's time to see a doctor for an evaluation. Your child's pediatrician can conduct allergy tests and offer treatment that produces the best results. Treatments for allergies include allergy medications and allergy shots.
Allergies can affect your child's day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Don't wait another minute -- call LaCanada Pediatrics PC at (702) 796-1820 right now to schedule an appointment in Las Vegas, NV. We will provide all the relief your child needs, with relatively little hassle or expense.
A number of factors can cause a child to develop a headache, such as stress, lack of sleep, skipped meals and certain medications. Other times a child may suffer from a headache due to a common illness or infection, such as a cold or flu. And in serious cases, head trauma or an underlying condition such as meningitis could be causing the child’s headache. That’s why it’s important for parents to pay close attention to their child’s headache patterns.
Although it’s easy for parents to worry, most headaches in children are rarely a sign of something serious. However, parents should contact their child’s pediatrician if the child has unexplained or recurring headaches over a short period of time or on a regular basis.
Parents should also notify their pediatrician if the child’s headache is accompanied by one or any combination of these symptoms:
- Double vision, weakness in a limb or loss of balance
- Disabling pain that does not improve with over-the-counter pain medication
- Interrupted sleep
- Decreased level of alertness
- Change in personality
To help pinpoint the causes of your child’s headaches, parents should keep a diary of their child’s symptoms. Track when headaches occur, how long they last, the severity of the headache and if anything provides relief. Over time, your notes can help you and your pediatrician understand the child’s symptoms to reach a diagnosis and proper treatment plan.
Your child’s pediatrician may also ask you a series of questions to determine the source of your child’s headaches:
- Do the headaches follow a pattern or do they change over time?
- Has your child recently suffered a serious injury?
- What seems to help or worsen headaches?
- Does your child take any medications or have any past medical issues?
- Does your child have allergies?
- Is there a history of headaches in your family?
In many cases, a child’s headache may be relieved at home with simple care. Over-the-counter pain medications, rest and avoiding those triggers that prompt headaches may be enough to ease the pain.
Remember, headaches are not always a symptom of something more serious. However, parents should be mindful of the types of headaches their child has and how frequently they occur. If you suspect something is wrong or not normal, always contact your pediatrician for an appointment.
Especially during the younger years, adequate food and nutrition is vital for a child’s growth and development. But for some children, a snack or meal as simple as a peanut butter sandwich or a cup of milk can cause serious health problems. So, what’s a parent to do when they suspect their child is allergic to a certain food?
A food allergy is the abnormal response of the immune system to a food. It’s possible to be allergic to any food, but these particular foods are responsible for the majority of allergies: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and peanuts. Food allergies should not be confused with food intolerance, or food sensitivity, which is more common and less severe.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction typically occur within just moments to an hour after the child ingests a food. They can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, so it’s important for parents to understand what to do if they suspect their child is having an allergic reaction to food. Symptoms will vary for each child, but the most common telltale signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Itching or swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth or throat
- Light-headedness or loss of consciousness
Food allergy symptoms often resemble other medical conditions, so always contact your pediatrician for a proper diagnosis. If you suspect your child has a food allergy, remove that particular food from your child’s diet immediately. If the allergic reaction is severe, seek medical care right away.
The good news is that food allergies are often outgrown during early childhood. Your pediatrician or allergist can perform tests to pinpoint and track your child's food allergies They can also work with you to modify and manage your child’s diet to ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition for growth and development without putting them at risk for additional allergic reactions.