What are the Most Common Allergies in Children?

K T Solis

An allergy is when a person's body negatively reacts to a substance that is harmless to most other people. The body treats the substance or allergen as an enemy and immediately takes steps to fight against it. Common allergies in children include pet dander, dust mites, certain foods, pollen, cockroaches, and molds.

Some medications are available for children dealing with severe allergies.
Some medications are available for children dealing with severe allergies.

Pet dander is a common allergy in children. When a pet licks itself, it transfers saliva to its feathers or fur. When the saliva dries, protein particles become airborne and attach themselves to upholstered furniture and fabrics. This causes allergy symptoms in people who are sensitive to this substance.

Cockroaches are known to cause allergies in children, and may lead to the development of asthma.
Cockroaches are known to cause allergies in children, and may lead to the development of asthma.

Dust mites are common allergies in children as well. These microscopic organisms lurk in carpets, bed sheets, and other areas around the home. They feast on millions of dead skin cells that humans shed on a daily basis. Many children and adults are allergic to these insects which are invisible to the naked eye.

An allergy is a physical response to something a person comes in contact with.
An allergy is a physical response to something a person comes in contact with.

Certain foods are also known to be the cause of common allergies in children. Foods such as peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, soy, and seafood can cause adverse reactions in both children and adults. It's important that children are tested for possible food allergies in order to prevent serious health problems.

Dander from pets is a common trigger of allergies in children.
Dander from pets is a common trigger of allergies in children.

Pollen is tiny particles released into the air by grasses, weeds, and trees. This pollen is used to fertilize other plants, but wreaks havoc on many people's allergies. Nasal congestion, sneezing, and other unpleasant symptoms flare during the time of year when elevated pollen levels are present in the air.

Children might be allergic to pollen in the air.
Children might be allergic to pollen in the air.

Cockroaches cause allergies in children, especially those living in households located in urban areas. Children who live in apartment complexes that are infested with cockroaches often suffer from higher rates of asthma. The feces, saliva, and bodies of these particular insects are known to cause allergic reactions in children.

Many children are allergic to pet dander.
Many children are allergic to pet dander.

Mold can also be responsible for causing allergies in children. This type of organism grows in warm, moist environments. Rotting leaves, damp basements, bathrooms, the area beneath kitchen sinks, and other moist places can cause allergy symptoms to flare in both children and adults.

Children can be allergic to other substances as well. Bee and wasp stings, household cleaning products, and specific medications can all cause allergic reactions in children. Some of the reactions are quite serious, resulting in swelling, breathing difficulties, and other symptoms. If these reactions occur, the caregivers should immediately transport the child to the hospital emergency room.

Wheat allergies are common, especially in children.
Wheat allergies are common, especially in children.

Discussion Comments

Rocco16727

Those HEPA filter vacuums really do work! We have a golden retriever so there's fur everywhere, which drives my youngest crazy -- he's got quite the pet dander allergy. However, after we got one of those vacuums, his symptoms are much, much milder. Now he only gets itchy eyes; before he was getting full blown allergic sinus infections!

twigs1989

I've found using a saline nasal spray with my daughter seems to cut the severity of the allergy. Though this doesn't cure it, it does help to keep her sinuses clear and she's more comfortable.

Does anyone else have any tips for dealing with children's allergies?

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