Is your kid having a cold or an allergy? How to recognize allergy symptoms in children? That’s what every parent questions. Here’s the answer.
Your kid is sneezing, coughing, had runny nose… So what is it? Is it a cold or an allergy? How do you treat it?
Well, it is true that the symptoms are almost the same, however, there is a difference.
How to recognize allergy symptoms in children?
First of all, although itchy and watery eyes can be a symptom of both colds and allergies, when your child is experiencing an itching on other parts of the body, it signals allergies. The itching in allergies can cause funny, unexplainable grimaces and nose rubbing all the time. This can even prevent your child from having a good night sleep. They might wake up often complaining from the itching. Furthermore, the lack of sleep can cause fatigue during the next day.
In addition, when your kid has a thin, clear mucus, which lasts more than two weeks, then you definitely need to test it for allergies. In cold, the mucus is thick and yellow that lasts no more than a week.
On the contrary of colds, kids with allergies don’t have fever. This is probably one of the main differences. Fever is the common cold symptom, so if your child has fever, than it’s probably only a cold; though, fever can signify many other illnesses, except allergy.
Plus, although sneezing is a common symptom, in allergies, it is repetitive. Moreover, the sneezing can be so severe that it becomes highly disturbing. It usually happens whenever the child goes near the thing that causes the allergy or consumes it.
Talking about consumption, let’s see what the most common symptoms for food allergies are.
Food allergy symptoms
Most common food allergy symptoms are diarrhea and intensive rashes. These rashes are due to the itchy hives that look like bug bites all over the body; something similar to measles. Furthermore, compromised breathing is a sign that shows allergies but also that you need to act fast. If you let this allergy be untreated, the consequences can be fatal. As soon as you notice your child experiencing these symptoms, see the pediatrician immediately!