Toddlers Asthma

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Toddlers Asthma

Toddlers asthma is a chronic inflammatory health condition of the bronchial airways in young children.  Statistics show that more than half of toddlers who have asthma also have allergy symptoms. This inflammation can cause the normal function of a small child’s airways to become swollen and can over produce mucus in the lung tissues. If asthma symptoms become severe, acute shortness of breath and low blood oxygen can occur. Asthma in toddlers is a major concern for many parents around the world. It is believed that over 50 percent of asthma symptoms in toddlers and small children are due to allergic reactions from pollutants found in the home. The most common allergic pollutant in the home is the dust mite and the protein produced by their feces.

Causes of Childhood Asthma

  1. Allergic reactions
  2. Non-allergic reactions from airborne irritants
  3. Viral respiratory conditions

Childhood Asthma Statistics

Asthma is considered to be the leading cause of chronic illnesses of children within the United States. In 2007, 7.2 million children under age 18 (over 1.5 million under age 5) are believed to have serious asthma symptoms. As many as 2 million children are considered to be at risk from undiagnosed asthma.

What is Hidden Asthma?

Hidden asthma is a common enigma for many health care providers and is a common concern for parents of a child believed to have asthma. Many times the parents of a toddler or young child with hidden asthma symptoms are told to limit their child’s activity levels until the exact diagnosis can be made.

Make Your Home a Haven with HEPA Products

There are thousands of airborne pollutants which can be found in the home such as pollen, mold spores, dust mites and household dust. However, it is the small (sub-micron) particles which cause the most asthma symptoms while at home. These small particles are between 5 to 50 microns in size and particles fewer than 10 microns account for over 97% of all particles within a typical home by count. A small child or toddler may breathe in as much as 6,500 quarts of air per day. This is why it is important to control these small particles in the home environment and especially in the bedroom where the child sleeps. The regular use of a HEPA vacuum and a portable HEPA air purifier in the room where the toddler or small child spends the greatest amount of their time will greatly reduce these asthma causing pollutants. I have had many clients in the past 26 years who have had great results in reducing their child’s asthma symptoms with regular use of HEPA cleaning devices. Utilizing HEPA technology in the proper manner along with the appropriate asthma medication can minimize a child’s symptoms while at home.

About the author: The Sick House Center is a resource and information center about indoor air pollution and other related issues. Read more Asthma Prevention tips at the Sick House Center web site.

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Toddler Allergies

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toddler allergiesAnyone have a baby or toddler with allergies to cow’s milk?

My daughter stayed with store bought formula for about a year. She started vomiting milk at 14 months. She is now 22 months and I have tried milk again and she does not vomit, so I’m really looking forward giving her milk. But she has developed a runny nose and cough. Could this still the milk allergy? Has anyone else had this kind of child with a reaction when drinking milk? I hope its just a coincidence with a cold or seasonal allergies.

Best Answer:

It may be a milk or other dairy allergy. Try taking her off of all dairy products and add one at a time in a 48 hour time period and track her reaction in a journal.

You can also try using soy or rice milk  and see what it does. If there is no improvement within 7-10 days, then take her to allergy doctor. Depending on her age, they may or may not be able to give her any type of allergy tests. The main thing is to watch her carefully each time you give any dairy product.

Also, make sure the indoor environment is as clean as possible and there are no allergens which could be causing her symptoms. Check for signs of mold growth in unseen areas such as the AC coil box, refrigerator pan and under sinks.

If you use a standard vacuum, try using a HEPA (High Efficient Particulate Air) vacuum which removes much more of indoor pollutants.

Source: Yahoo Answers

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Explaining Food Allergies to Kids

Childhood Allergies

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childhood-allergyDiagnosing childhood allergies can be long term and daunting task for parents to undertake. Children can exhibit a wide range and variety of allergy symptoms. When a suspected allergy is combined with other infections such as viral or bacterial it becomes important to suspend allergy testing and diagnosing procedures until the infection has subsided. This is why it takes some time to properly diagnose childhood allergies.

It is paramount that parents recognize the child allergy symptoms at the earliest stage possible.  Early diagnosis will not only prevent sufferering, but will also increase the likelihood that the allergies can be controlled or cured. It is believed that a child has about a 50% chance of developing allergies if one parent is allergic while it can rise to above 75% if both parents are allergic. There is also strong evidence that children who breast feed have a lessor chance of developing their parents allergic tendencies.

Rating Child Allergy Symptoms

Childhood allergy symptoms are categorized by allergy doctors based upon their type and/or severity.  The severity of symptoms may be categorized as mild, moderate or severe.  Children who are diagnosed as  severe should receive allergy testing to determine what they are allergic to depending on the age.  Child allergy symptoms ranging from mild to moderate can occur occasionally when they eat something or are exposed to a substance that they have never been exposed to.

Parental Self Diagnosing

If a child is suspected to have allergic tendencies, then it becomes important to keep the child on a regular diet and add various foods every few days to track allergic responses. Keeping a written food schedule is needed for diagnosing reaction dates to the foods given. If a child experiences swelling of eyes, lips, and face within a few hours of eating a food you should  consult a health professional immediately. When a child experiences an moderate or severe allergic reaction then it becomes very important to monitor their breathing due to possible swelling inside the throat and airways.

Food Related or Environmental?

Even though food allergies are a primary cause in childhood allergies, it is still important to be cognitive of other indoor environmental factors which can be fod in the home. There are many indoor pollutants which can cause allergic responses in children to include:

  • Mold
  • Bacteria
  • Pesticide use
  • Household cleaners
  • Laundry detergents
  • Dog and cat dander
  • Dust mites
  • Dead insect parts
  • and much more!

A parent with a child who suffers from moderate to severe allergies must become an investigator which tracks the foods they eat as well as their own indoor environment and how it relates to their allergic symptoms. With perseverance and patience, the causes of their child’s allergy can be determined. Once the causes are discovered, then steps can be taken to control their exposure to the known allergens.

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About the author: Stan K. Hall, The Sick House Doctor is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

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Baby Allergies

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baby allergiesWhen can I stop feeding my baby a new food at a time to see if allergies?

My son is 10 months old and quickly made the change to table food. He is beginning to eat what we eat more and more.  Should I introduce a new food every few days to wait and see if he is allergic.  If after a few months after he has had a variety of food and has had no allergic reaction, it is safe to proceed with new foods at a faster pace? Thank you!

Yes it is.  As long as you keep in mind thatyou should not combine ingredients.  There are some additional things you may want to do …. keep a good log with dates, time and food given  so if you do have a reaction, you may have some idea what caused it.

Introduce new food categories gradually if you feel he is showing any signs of a possible reaction.  For example, fish is an entirely new category of food and is known to be a possible food allergen.  Go slow and at some point you can other known food allergens such as walnuts or strawberries.  It is best not to give known allergy causing foods all together but to space them out gradually.  Dairy, wheat, fruits and nuts are the four primary foods which may cause baby food allergies.

It is important to remember that you should test the same food multiple times before assuming that a child is not allergic to a particular food.  Additional care should be taken if severe food allergies run in the family since most allergies are hereditary.

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About the author: Donna West is a San Diego, CA nutritional consultant specializing in children and family holistic health services.

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