Pediatric allergies may first make themselves known in a child through persistent sneezing or coughing, or with the development of a rash or hives. Any child may develop allergies, but allergy symptoms are more common in children with a history of allergies in the family.
The earlier an Allergist can identify the cause of a child’s allergies, the sooner a treatment can be applied that will improve the child’s quality of life and keep the child from missing school or leading a normal life.
Allergic rhinitis is one of the most common childhood ailments attributed to allergies. There are a number of possible symptoms, including a runny and itchy nose, sneezing, postnasal drip and nasal congestion (blockage). Additional ailments can include itchy, watery, red eyes and chronic ear problems. The name “hay fever” is a misnomer, as allergic rhinitis is neither cause by hay or results in a fever.
The most common cause for a child to have a stuffy nose is allergies. In some cases, a child’s allergies can result in a full or partial blockage of the nasal cavity which causes the child to breath out of his or her mouth — especially while sleeping. Similar to adults, inhibited breathing at night causes the child to not get a full night’s rest, leading to a host of other potential issues. If left untreated, sleeping issues in children can lead to problems with the growth of teeth and the bones of the face. Early treatment of the allergies causing the nasal congestion may prevent these problems.
Allergies can lead to fluid accumulation in the ear which increases the likelihood of ear infections and decreased hearing. A baby whose hearing is impaired for any reason while learning to talk may develop poor speech. Allergies can cause earaches as well as ear itching, popping and fullness (“stopped-up ears”).
No matter the cause of your child’s allergy-related issues, St. Louis allergist Dr. Robert Kocur can diagnose the cause and provide a viable treatment. If you have any questions or would like you or your child to become a new patient, schedule a consultation or call our office. We will be happy to help your child regain the quality of life they’ve lost to allergy symptoms.