Children and Allergies

Dr. Neeta Ogden discusses children's allergies and precautions parents can take.
4:57 | 10/13/11

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Does your child have allergies -- you may be able to find out sooner rather than later infecting recent study shows. That allergy symptoms could be present as early as the first year of life. Joining me today is back in the Ogden who is an adult and pediatric allergist doctor I didn't think so much for being with us -- this is something that we think of as being more. Prevalent in toddlers and beyond what is this new study find. Well this study from the journal allergy. Really wanted to pinpoint the -- of allergy symptoms. In children less than two years of age closer to a year old younger than that in eighteen months. And what they return UT's was due allergy symptoms -- -- these -- independent of colds usually -- that age group. We attribute this sentence to viruses colds and infections and as He sent. We traditionally think of allergy is occurring and three to four euros after they've had time to be exposed to those environmental and seasonal allergens. And this study basically says that now it is possible for -- younger than -- year old to have true allergies yes and they found that in this large group of patients. 9%. Of the children. Did have these allergy like symptoms independent of cold and what was very interesting is that they found a significant association with two factors. Parental history of allergies and sensitive station to an allergy and -- house dust my. Children -- both parents had allergies are twice as likely to develop allergies and children who are sensitized to house last night which was discovered by -- work. Three times more likely to develop -- OK let's get into house dust mites and a second but first what are the symptoms of allergies. The ones that they looked at in this study and actually most common ones nasal congestion. Runny nose -- clear runny nose dry coughing and sneezing. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- House -- -- how do we control for that. Just my -- this invisible organisms that live in our mattresses. They feed off of humans in sales so one thing that we can do in our home is cover your child's mattress with Michael Allard Channing. On barrier covers we brought examples and today there's one type that. Is available for -- and so kids who have both parents with allergies were more high risk. Get -- in the nursery get -- -- -- nine you know -- -- bring them home on you can also get pillow covers non synthetic. -- sorry nine down synthetic. Blankets and pillows the other thing is dust mites thrive in humidity so I battling humidity monitors well. Keep the humidity below 50% that's interesting because I've always thought if your kid has a cold you should turn on the hit by -- and dad so these things away if it's cold -- of the unification is great but if -- chronic allergies and -- -- involved. I would. I wouldn't be using an elderly another thing I've heard is that stuffed animals yet hold these tests of Thatcher there really yes that's another good point if you can avoid bringing stuffed animals and from the get go do that. Otherwise if your child is attached to a stuffed animal. And this also goes for their sheets. Wash them in very hot water 130 degrees Fahrenheit weekly even freezing. These stuffed animals -- -- -- -- mind is what we're trying to do is reduce exposure to eliminate the dust might as best as we can other things at home. On you -- avoiding tobacco exposure. These are irritants that are just -- -- the whole cycle works out well tobacco exposure company -- kids in any situation back. Carpet so I'm just curious about that about those Fuzzy carpet -- and that's another very good point so let's say you're starting with your child's nursery just don't bring in the -- especially again if you're thinking about. You know your child might be more high risk. Does my living carpets they live an upholstery so you want to avoid drapes even Venetian blinds these are great sources we're just might like to hide. Once you decide that you know your kid may have allergies is there anything a doctor would -- to -- -- besides getting rid of some of these things and that in the home yes absolutely and there are on treatments that a doctor can start. He knew that it's different for this age group because most over the counter antihistamines. Don't even have to Hussein. For two years old and younger I had the best thing to do -- -- -- on these symptoms because you know the great thing about this study is that reinforces early identification. Preventing those chronic complications in children snoring ear infections sinus infections. Associated doctor they can give you the proper medications and the proper doses for this age of -- children I really really good information doctor Ogden thanks so much for coming thank you for having me.

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