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Common Allergies In Children

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Allergies In Children - What Are The Most Common?Today I wanted to take a look at some of the most common allergies in children, as well as allergy related conditions;  their symptoms and the culprits that are most likely to trigger them.

As I have said before, allergies are on the increase.  NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) say that there is a 500% rise in hospital admissions of children due to food allergies in the past 20 years (NICE).

Let’s take a look at some of the more common allergens for children. They are:

  1. Foods
  2. Pollens
  3. Dust
  4. Dust mites
  5. Animal dander (skin, saliva and urine on hair or fur)
  6. Feathers
  7. Cosmetics
  8. Moulds/molds
  9. Chemicals used for cleaning, air fresheners and chemicals on clothes and furniture
  10. Medicines (especially penicillin)
  11. Vaccines
  12. Venom from insect stings

 
The Allergy Kit

Genetic Predisposition

Allergies do seem to run in families. However, the tendency for allergies is not always passed on by the parents. It can skip  generations and manifest itself in nieces or nephews rather than direct descendants. Children can often present a totally different allergy or allergies to their relatives. In other words just because the mother, father, grandparents or other relative had asthma doesn’t mean it will show up in asthma with the child. It might present as eczema.

Let’s now take a look at some of the most common allergies in children. This is just a brief outline and I will go into each allergy in more detail in future posts.

Asthma

Triggers: Trauma, cigarette smoke, mother smoking during pregnancy, viral infections, pollen, dust mites, furry animals, cold air, changing weather conditions, exercise, and even stress.

Symptoms: Coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing with exercise or exertion, tightness in the chest.

Hay Fever                                                                                                                                                   Allergies In Chidren - Symptoms and Triggers

Triggers:  Trauma, pollen from trees, grasses, or weeds.

Symptoms:  Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing; breathing through the mouth because of stuffy nose; rubbing or wrinkling the nose and facial grimacing to relieve nasal itch; watery, itchy eyes; redness or swelling in and under the eyes.

Food Allergies

Triggers:  Trauma, any foods but the most common are milk, wheat, corn, eggs, peanuts, sugar, soy, fish.

Symptoms: Vomiting, diarrhea, hives, eczema, difficult breathing and possibly anaphylaxis.

Eczema (atopic dermatitis)

Triggers:   Food allergies, sweat, emotional state, contact with allergens like pollen, dust, furry animals, detergent and fabric conditioner.

Symptoms: A patchy, dry, red, itchy rash that often occurs in the creases of the arms, legs, and neck; however, in babies, it often starts on the cheeks, behind the ears and on the thighs.

Hives (Urticaria)

Triggers:  Trauma, viral infections, food allergies, and drugs (such as aspirin or penicillin), latex, nettles.

Symptoms:  Raised, itchy, red rash on the skin. Can be found on different parts of the body, The rash usually disappears after a few days but can last longer. Can be one of the first signs of anaphylaxis.

Contact Dermatitis

Triggers:   Trauma, contact with plants, household detergents and cleansers, chemicals in some cosmetics and perfumes.

Symptoms:  Itchy, red, raised patches that may blister if severe. Most of these patches are confined to the areas of direct contact with the allergen. However sometimes they will appear on a different part of the body where the skin is sensitive. For example around the eyes or mouth.

(You might notice that I have included trauma as a trigger for all allergies. This topic will be discussed in another post but it can be a block that needs to be cleared in order for the treatment of allergies to be effective).

Some allergies are easy to identify because symptoms occur shortly after exposure or ingestion but others can take up to 72 hours to cause any symptoms. In the medical professional these are labelled ‘Intolerance’s‘  rather than ‘Allergies’. Remember how I like to keep things simple? So I refer to anything that causes unwanted symptoms as an allergy. I look at it like this – if the energy of the food or substance is not congruent with the energy of the child, then the child’s energy system needs to be balanced in relation to the food or substance.

This is my area of expertise! I am available for private consultations. If this is difficult for you I am developing a system to teach you how to treat yourself and your family for allergies. I hope to have it ready by January 2012.

In the meantime I will continue to write on topics that I think you will find interesting and useful. I would also recommend Sandi Radomski’s site, Ask and Recieve.

Please leave a comment or a question.

With love,

Cathy x

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Take care , your dedicated follower .

  2. Christina says:

    Great post! There's a lot of factors that can cause allergies in children…I am surprised you included trauma as a cause. What do you think is the relation between eczema and trauma? Interesting site, will be checking it out 🙂 

    • Hi Christina,

      Thanks for your comment. Eczema is a tough one. In my work every case is so individual but a lot of the time I see patterns. With eczema I find it more difficult. A great deal of the trauma associated with allergies goes back to between conception and age 2. The trauma of separation at birth is a big one and I would treat that when dealing with eczema just in case. Our skin is like armour and symptoms can show up on it when our body is trying to protect us. I would ask the parent what happened during pregnancy and at the birth and then up to age 2.

      First off though with eczema I would treat the main allergens, which anyone can do themselves, to see if there is an improvement.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.

      With love,

      Cathy x

  3. Clinidirect says:

    Agreed Catherine. I think it can be quite confusing for children/young people to understand what is healthy and what is not; there are so many companies/brands looking to push foods that are classed as healthy.

  4. Clinidirect says:

    Hi guys, I came across your website when reading about eczema somewhere else.

    We 've been investing a lot of time into understanding the link between fast food and eczema flair ups. I recomend you read this article : 

    http://clinidirect.co.uk/knowledge-center/45/eczema-and-asthma-the-link-to-junk-food/0/13/wound-care 

    Its an interesting read and gives you an insight on the link between fast food and eczema. 

    • Thanks for commenting. I have also found that food additives can play a big part in eczema. I can appreciate the link between fast food and eczema flair ups but I have found that foods that would normally be classed as ‘Healthy’ to be triggers as well. It’s all about electromagnetic energy! We just need to help the child reprogram their energy system in relation to the electromagnetic frequency of the food or substance causing the eczema, asthma or both.

  5. Paul Sanchez says:

    I’m not an expert when it comes to this. Didn’t even know this was possible. Useful read, appreciate your posting this.

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Paul, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes it is possible to clear allergies! You are not alone in not knowing about this, not many people do. I intend to change that though. Come back again, I will be uptdating the site regularly. Cathy x

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