An allergy is an abnormal reaction of your immune system to a substance (an allergen) that you eat, inhale or touch. Signs that your child may have an allergy include red, itchy eyes, repeated sneezing, runny nose, dark rings under the eyes, a crease across the bridge of the nose, and coughing and wheezing.

What to do

If you can, avoid the substance that is causing the reaction. But don’t cut out whole food groups from your child’s diet without getting nutritional advice. Cut down on dust and animal dander in the home by regular cleaning and vacuming. Medication such as anti-histamines can be prescribed by a doctor to reduce the symptoms, but are not usually given to babies. In severe cases the doctor may recommend that you carry injectable adrenaline.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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