Nasal Allergies in Babies and Toddlers

June 05, 2019

Nasal Allergies in Babies and Toddlers

When your toddler becomes sneezy and watery-eyed, you may initially think he is coming down with a cold – but before you start canceling plans and making a new batch of chicken soup, consider whether he may be dealing with allergies.

An allergy is an immune reaction to a substance in the environment, known as an allergen. When a child comes into contact with an allergen that he is sensitive to (by eating it, touching it, breathing it or having injected it), his body mistakes it as an invader and releases a histamine response to fight it off.

Signs that your Child has Allergies

It can be tough to tell the difference between nasal allergies and cold symptoms. Cough, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and nasal congestion are all symptoms of each. There are some telltale symptoms that come along with allergies, however.

  • Does your child seem to always have a cold? Colds typically work their way out within a week to 10 days while allergies don’t.
  • Does your little one have a continual runny or stuffy nose and/or a persistent dry cough?
  • Is his nasal discharge clear and thin? Colds often present yellow or greenish discharge that is thicker.
  • Does he sneeze often?
  • Is he more of a mouth breather?
  • Are his eyes watery, itchy and/or red?
  • Does the skin under his eyes look dark, blue or purple? Doctors often refer to these symptoms as “shiners.”
  • Does he have irritated skin or is it broken out in a red, itchy rash?

If your answer to one or more of these questions is yes, your child may be allergic to something in his environment. If you are unsure of what the cause may be, reach out to your child’s doctor to try to get to the bottom of the cause so your little one can start feeling better.



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