Has your child been sniffling for weeks now? That runny nose may not be caused by a cold but by allergies. Dr. Nimisha Shukla, Dr. Aparna Bhamidipati and Dr. Jaishree Ramachandran in Woodbridge, NJ, share several signs that may indicate that your child has an allergy.
Cold symptoms that last longer than two weeks
If your child has a runny nose, congestion, watery eyes and other common cold symptoms for longer than two weeks, suspect an allergy. Allergies are particularly common in the spring and fall but can occur year-round.
Colds and other viruses may be accompanied by a low-grade fever. Lack of a fever can a sign that the problem is caused by allergies, although it is certainly possible to have an illness without a fever. If you're not sure if your child's problems are caused by a virus or an allergy, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment in our Woodbridge office.
It's exhausting to deal with allergies. If your child seems to be more tired than usual, allergies may be to blame. The problem can be worsened if your son or daughter can't get enough sleep at night due to nasal congestion.
Loss of Appetite
Allergies can cause post-nasal drip, which can cause nausea when your child first wakes up. If your child complains that they feel sick in the morning and doesn't want to eat, an allergy could be the cause.
Some children experience ear inflammation when they have allergies. Unfortunately, the inflammation can cause fluid to build up in the ear, which may increase the risk of an infection.
Has your child suddenly developed troubling symptoms after a change to their environment? For example, many times, parents don't realize that their son or daughter has an allergy to pet dander until they adopt a dog or cat. When symptoms develop in the spring or fall, seasonal allergies may be the cause. Carefully consider any changes to your child's environment that could have triggered an allergy. Typical allergens include grasses, pollen, mold, dust, pet dander and certain foods.
If your son or daughter exhibits any of these signs and symptoms, let us know. We can ease his or her discomfort with medications and also offer suggestions that will help you limit allergen exposure. Call your Woodbridge, NJ, pediatricians, Dr. Shukla, Dr. Bhamidipati and Dr. Ramachandran, at (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment. And our fax number is (732)906-3966.