5 Ways to Soothe Your Child's Allergy Symptoms – Verywell Health

Carrie Madormo, RN, MPH, is a freelance health writer with over a decade of experience working as a registered nurse in a variety of clinical settings.
Farah Khan, MD, is a board-certified allergist/immunologist who treats pediatric and adult patients in private practice in Northern Virginia.
Allergies (allergic rhinitis) are a common childhood problem, and it’s estimated that about 40% of children experience allergic rhinitis each day. An allergy is the body’s response to a substance (allergen) that causes a hypersensitivity reaction.
Allergies can be caused by various factors, such as plant pollen, insect bites, animal fur, dust mites, mold, environmental irritants, and food. While severe allergies need to be treated by a healthcare provider, mild symptoms may benefit from natural remedies.
This article will discuss common symptoms and causes of allergies in children and toddlers and home remedies to treat them. 
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Your child’s allergy symptoms will depend on which type of allergy they are experiencing. Seasonal allergies usually start between ages 2 and 5. Children younger than 2 usually do not experience seasonal allergies because it takes exposure to two years of the season to develop an allergy. 
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis caused by seasonal allergies may include:
Food allergies cause different symptoms that can become very dangerous. Children under 2 may develop a cows milk allergy, and food allergies can start as early as the first year of life. Possible symptoms of a food allergy in toddlers include:
Severe allergies that cause serious symptoms must be treated by a healthcare provider. 

The most common causes of allergies in toddlers and young children include: 
The most common allergenic foods that cause allergies in children include:
Uncontrolled seasonal allergies can lead to chronic ear infections in young children. Allergic rhinitis causes inflammation in the ears. When fluid builds up in the inner ear, it can become infected and lead to an ear infection. 

Children with mild allergy symptoms may benefit from trying a natural home remedy. 
Aloe vera gel may help toddlers and children with skin allergy symptoms such as itching or redness. Aloe vera has been proven to effectively treat skin injuries like cuts, burns, and insect bites because of its wound-healing properties. Ask your healthcare provider for a recommendation for child-friendly aloe vera gels. 
Eye drops can be an effective treatment for children who experience eye allergy symptoms like redness, itching, and swelling. If your toddler or child is open to trying eye drops, have them lie down flat on their back. Pull down one eyelid and squeeze one drop into the lower eyelid. Then have your child rest with their eyes closed for two minutes. 
If your toddler or child is not cooperative with eye drops, you may still be able to use them. Have your child lie down with their eyes closed. Squeeze one eye drop into the inner corner of their closed eye. When your child naturally blinks, the medication will flow into their eye. Ask your healthcare provider or pediatrician which eye drops are safe for toddlers or young children. 
A warm or cold compress is an easy remedy that is safe for most children to try. It is helpful for children who experience allergic rhinitis and eye allergy symptoms, such as red, itchy eyes. To start, wash your child’s face to clear out any allergens that have attached to the skin. 
To make the cold compress, fill a small bowl with ice water. Submerge a clean washcloth in the water and wring out any excess water. Encourage your child to rest with the compress for 10 minutes. 
Rinsing your child’s sinuses with a saline solution can be very helpful for allergic rhinitis symptoms if your child is open to trying it. Researchers found that saline nasal irrigation improved nasal symptoms in study participants and reduced the need for allergy medicine. 
Diet changes are necessary for children who have a food allergy. If your healthcare provider suspects that your child has a class IgE mediated food allergy (when your child’s immune system causes a reaction to one or more foods), they may recommend an elimination diet. During an elimination diet, your child would eliminate all of the commonly allergenic foods from their diet and then slowly add them back in one by one. If your child has an allergy to milk, then they should avoid only milk products.
Fortunately, many food allergies are temporary. It is estimated that 80% to 90% of children with egg, milk, wheat, and soy allergies will outgrow them by age 5.
For allergic rhinitis symptoms, probiotics may help. Research has found that a daily probiotic supplement may improve symptoms and quality of life in individuals with allergies.
Talk with your child’s healthcare provider before trying any new natural remedies. 

Allergies are caused by an immune system response and cannot be completely prevented. The best way to address allergies in toddlers is to avoid your child’s triggers as much as possible. Children with food allergies should avoid the food group they are allergic to. 
If your child has a pollen allergy, try to decrease the time you both spend outdoors during the pollen season. Keep your windows shut to keep pollen from entering your home. Wipe down any pets that are spending time outdoors as well since their fur can trap pollen.
If your child is still uncomfortable after trying some home remedies, consult your healthcare provider. Allergies that cause serious symptoms like trouble breathing need to be addressed immediately. If your child’s allergy symptoms are serious enough to keep them from attending school or daycare, your healthcare provider may be able to help. They may discuss treatment options, such as allergy testing, medications, and immunotherapy (allergy shots). 
Allergies are a common problem in toddlers and young children. Possible symptoms include a runny nose, itchy eyes, skin rashes, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, and trouble breathing. Common causes of allergies in children include pollen, dust, animal dander, irritants, and food. Home remedies may be effective at treating mild allergy symptoms in children. 
Allergy symptoms can leave your little one feeling miserable. As a parent or caregiver, you are likely feeling anxious to help your child feel better as soon as possible. First, talk with a healthcare provider about home remedies to try. If home remedies have not helped your toddler's or child's symptoms, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
Allergies are caused by an immune system response and cannot be cured with natural remedies. However, mild allergy symptoms can be effectively treated with home remedies. 

To help stop your child’s runny nose, have them blow their nose often. Encourage them to drink plenty of fluids and consider using a humidifier at home. 

Humidifiers release steam or water vapor to increase the amount of humidity in the air. Breathing higher humidity air can help to relieve allergic rhinitis symptoms and lower inflammation. Although, high humidity can lead to higher dust mite counts since they thrive in warm, moist environments. Talk with your healthcare provider to see if this would be a good option for you.
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