Allergies in Children Guidelines for Parents aTaken from American Academy of Pediatrics You probably know a child who has asthma or allergies. Perhaps it is your own child. Asthma, hay fever, hives, and eczema are familiar words for most of us. In fact, in the United States over 35 million adults and children have these allergy-related problems. Allergies can be as minor as sneezing and itching. For some children, however, allergies can become very serious or even life-threatening. Whether minor or serious, allergies can be prevented and controlled. The more you understand about allergies and asthma—the symptoms, causes, and treatments—the better prepared you will be to help improve the quality of life for you and your child. What is an allergy? An allergy happens when the human body’s natural defense system (the immune system) overreacts to an otherwise harmless substance (like pollen). There are many ways in which an allergy can exhibit itself: • Asthma is when airway swell and air passages in the lungs become narrow. This may be triggered by an allergic reaction, although nonallergic triggers can be involved.
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