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Researchers believe nearly 40 per cent of kids in the UK suffer from some sort of allergy, and there can be a bewildering array of causes. Food, environmental factors, chemicals in new products and even the weather can all trigger allergic reactions which range from mild, to very serious. The sheer range of possible causes can make it difficult for parents to work out what’s affecting kids, and what to do about it. So what sorts of things are kids allergic to, and what are the signs to look out for?

A common cause in kids is food. Nuts, eggs, milk, soya, wheat and fish can all provoke reactions, and in the case of peanuts, these can be potentially life threatening. Symptoms of food allergy can include vomiting, diarrhoea, swelling, rashes and other skin conditions, and runny eyes and nose. If any particular food seems to generate a reaction like this, let a doctor see your child in order to run a proper dietary test.

Plenty of ordinary things in the house, at school or outside can provoke allergic reactions too. Pollen in the air causes hay fever. Dust, mites, pets, plants, mould, chemicals in detergent and even certain fibres can all cause cold-like symptoms or skin irritations, and these can be worse if your child already suffers from asthma or eczema. Again, in cases like these it’s best to try and get as good an idea as possible of what you think might be the cause, and then take your child to the doctor.

Some allergies pass naturally as a child grows up, but even after a diagnosis it can be hard for parents to manage the condition. After all, you can’t be with your child all the time. The key here is to make sure kids themselves understand what might be dangerous and to develop a plan on what to do if a reaction arises. Having an allergy needn’t stop your child having a completely normal life, so long as they know what to avoid, and how to avoid it.

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When I use my pink grapefruit soap I get small red itchy spots on my legs and I don't know what they are





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my 3 year old son accumulate his saliva in his mouth and won't swallow it. He does the same with his food.This behaviour is not all the time but is becoming an everyday routine .It has been 2 weeks now .





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Hi I have red marks around my eyes which itches alot and gets more red I have been to the doctors but nothing is working on my face its getting really bad , is there anything for this ?





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Hi I keep going to the dr and not getting any help. My sons face will flare up with a rased very red rash around the eyes cheeks and neck. I think he has a food allergy as he can wake up screaming in pain at the night, he goes from loose poo (not quite diarrhoea) to constipation. I have tried replacing milk with soya but 30 min after breakfast his face flared up again. I'm dissapointed in my drs surgery as they won't let me see a different dr for a second oppinion. My health visitor saw his face and said it was def an allergy but all my dr says is its exma and gives me more steroid cream. I'm getting nowhere and my poor 2 year old is soffering.





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My son was allergic to lactose which is in milk. I had to watch everything I gave him. It's difficult to elliminate all milk products because it is found in all sorts of food. Yogurt, cheese, biscuits, soups, ready meals and things you wouldn't even think of. You have to read all labels carefully and the best way to be sure is to make your own. It takes a while to get used to but once you sort it, it becomes a way of life. You can use his own milk substitute in recipes, make plenty so you can freeze it to make it easier each day.(You can do this for all the family cooking, it doesn't just have to be for him). His skin improved, he slept better and he could consentrate more. All the irritation went away. He grew out of the allergy by age 7 years. He is now 26 years old and has no problems. My grandaughter is the same now, she is only 4 weeks old and was crying constantly and covered in a rash so now my daughter has to do the same for her. Within a week she has improved!

my 3 year old son suffers with a skin condition called dermographism, but he is suffering with sore rashes but he is not feeling any pain even though his skin some times looks like its been burnt off or looks red and sore and lasting 1 to 2 weeks. would really like to find out if this is part of the condition thank you





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my 8 year old has very red eyes all through the summer we have tried many eye drops and syrups from our doctor but none work our gp says its hay fever





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My 3 year old has bad ezcema on his face, he is constantly rubbing and scratching it, I don't use any soap in his bath and use non bio washing powder, I am dreading the summer as I find the heat flares it up, he is getting very frustrated with it now, I also have been giving him an antihistamine but still it's very bad and not made a difference, please someone if they have any advice it would be much appreciated, thanks





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Hello me and my son suffer with ezcema and we get creams from the doctors and we use bath oilatum it for eczema we get it from the doctors or at boots

Hi there. I can really sympathize. Does your son have allergies? My son has bad eczema due to house dust mite and cat dander allergies. His face also reacts to the bacteria in his nose Staphylococcus Aureus. He gets a nasal ointment for this. When he has a flare up I can almost see his skin breaking down until it is weeping and he rubs it in his sleep which doesn't help. We use steroids when it gets too bad to manage. Have you seen gp/dermatologist?

Hi my son is 14 an suffers from heavy snoring , he sound like he has a cold but nothing comes out his nose when he blow his nose , his breathing is very heavy. its like the cold is on his chest.





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MY 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HAS BEEN SUFFERING FROM A DRY COUGH AT NIGHT TIME FOR THE LAST 6 MONTHS. WE HAVE SEEN OUR GP WHO PERSCRIBED ASTHMA INHALERS BUT THESE HAVE NO EFFECT ON HER NEITHER DOES COUGH MEDICINE. DURING THE DAY SHE IS A VERY ACTIVE CHILD AND SUFFERS NO SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER WHICH MAKES ME QUESTION WHETHER IT IS ASTHMA OR COULD BE SOMETHING ELSE. ANY IDEAS?





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My daughter is 1 year old and smells of vinegar all the time I wash her hair and it still smells of it can seem to get rid of it plz help





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