Has your child ever had an allergic reaction (allergy)?

This could have been difficult, couldn't it? Red nose, continuous sneezing? You may even have had to wake up at night to help your child.

Yes, it's not easy and it's even worse when you don't know what caused the allergy.

Allergic diseases are quite common in Pakistan, but they are under-diagnosed. According to research, _data on the prevalence of allergic rhinitis (a type of inflammation of the nose) shows an alarming situation. These diseases mainly affect the middle class, while the lower and lower middle classes are the least affected. In addition to diagnosis and treatment, prevention and education would certainly help in the fight against these diseases. 

According to the WAO  (World Allergy Organization), the foods that cause most major allergic reactions are peanuts, tree nuts, finfish, crustaceans, milk, eggs, wheat, soy and seeds. Allergy to foods other than fruits and vegetables and shellfish is more common in children than in adults.

Let's look at five ways to help your child avoid allergy triggers and possibly allergic reactions.

Before we talk about good practices, let's take a break for a second. If your child has allergies every season, you'll probably find it helpful to talk directly to an allergy specialist. Book your video video consultation with specialist who would listen to you unconditionally and prioritizes you and your problems.


1. Remove carpeting if you need to

It is possible that the dust mites in your carpet contribute to its allergy.

Although the carpet is soft, fluffy and comforting underfoot, it can serve as a paradise for dust mites (microscopic living organisms). The situation could be made worse if it is installed on a concrete floor (carpet), which can lead to the trapping of moisture, which also contributes to the growth of dust mites and fungi. 

The solution is to discourage the growth of these microorganisms by opting for bare floors or floor mats (carpets that don't cover all the floor but part of it).


2. Examine your bathroom regularly

If the cause of your child's allergy is unclear, it is possible that green layers (called algae/mildew) may form in the bath bucket and release spores into the air. These spores can cause sneezing, wheezing and other allergic reactions in your child.

Scrub and clean the bucket with a combination of bleach and water or a commercial cleaner to remove it. 

Also look in other areas of the bathroom where algae or mildew could collect, such as the bottom of your carpet that you have placed at the bathroom entrance. Because it stays wet all the time, and it has moisture, it can promote the growth of mold. 

Dry the bath mat regularly or wash it regularly (once a week, for example).

3. Rethink your houseplants

Although houseplants soothe our eyes and comfort us, especially in winter. They should be placed outside the doors in the spring. 

Indoor plants can contribute to your child's allergic reactions. Mould (fungus) spores that live in the soil of plants release spores that can cause allergic reactions. Be careful not to over-water your plants, but also watch for rotten leaves, which can be a sign of over-watering or disease.


4. Wash the teddy bear and his friends.

Your teddy bears and other similar stuffed animals may harbour millions of allergic dust mites. You can eliminate these dust mites by observing the teddy bears in warm water.


5. Natural Stomach Remedy for Food Allergy

Your child may have a food allergy and develop diarrhea from eating certain foods. If you have already identified the allergen, you need to help your child avoid these types of foods.