Treatment Options for Allergic Kids

Kds Allergy Treatment

Kids Allergy Treatment

As many as 4 out of 10 kids suffer with allergies (American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology). Common symptoms of kids allergies include the following.

– Runny or stuffy nose
– Sneezing
– Eczema or hives
– Asthma or wheezing
– Chronic ear infections
– Upset stomach (from food allergies)

Medications
– antihistamines
– decongestants
– asthma inhalers, etc

Pros:
– Can work quickly and effectively for short-term seasonal allergies

Cons:
– Can have side effects
– Treat symptoms only (not the underlying allergy)

Allergy Shots (aka “Allergy immunotherapy”)Pros:
– Treat the underlying allergy (not just symptoms) for a lasting solution
– Avoid side effects of synthetic medications

Cons:
– Not usually prescribed for kids under 7
– Require frequent trips to the doctor for shots

Under-the-Tongue Allergy Drops (aka “Sublingual immunotherapy)Pros:Same pros as allergy shots plus:
– Easier to administer than shots (can be taken at home)
– Safer than shots
– Can be prescribed for younger kids than shots can

Cons:
– Some insurance companies do not cover

source: http://www.allergyeasy.com/allergy/treatment-options-allergic-kids/