Most Common Allergies in Children & What You Can Do To Help

Allergies can be tough to deal with, and even harder when young children cannot explain what is bothering them. Here’s a list of symptoms to watch out for:

Children’s Allergy Symptoms

  • Skin rashes/hives
  • Difficulty breathing (asthma)
  • Sneezing/coughing/runny nose/itchy eyes
  • Upset stomach

Younger children are more likely to develop rashes, while older children have a higher likelihood of asthma. Here are the most common allergies:

Common Triggers include

  • Outdoors: tree or plant pollen, bites or stings
  • Indoors: animal hair and fur, mold, dust mites
  • Irritants: perfume, car exhaust, cigarette smoke
  • Foods

Try to avoid these triggers by not smoking near or around where children live, cleaning regularly to avoid build up of animal fur and dust, and watch for insects around children. Food allergies can be very serious and even deadly. It is important to watch for food allergies, and to be aware of allergies in children. Here are the most common food allergies in children:

Food Allergies

  • milk
  • eggs
  • peanuts
  • soy
  • wheat
  • tree nuts
  • fish
  • shellfish

Children often grow out of their food allergies, especially allergies to milk and eggs. Peanuts and tree nuts are allergies that are more likely to stick around, with only 10-20% of children overcoming the allergy.

You can help to keep children safe from allergies by labelling their items so that other adults and children are aware of the allergy and can support in keeping triggers away from your child.  Visit here to view some safety labels that will help identify allergies.