Allergies cause an abnormal immune system reaction to a specific substance known as an allergen. When children with allergies come in contact with their allergen, their immune system releases antibodies to attack and destroy the foreign substance.
These antibodies also trigger cells in the area to release histamine and other chemicals that cause an allergic reaction. Anyone can develop an allergy to any substance at any time.
Common allergies in children include:
If you suspect your child has allergies, the team at the Children's Clinic can provide the initial work-up and management your child needs to alleviate their symptoms.
Allergy symptoms may affect the skin, respiratory system, or digestive system.
Common allergy symptoms in children include:
Symptoms usually occur within a few minutes after exposure to the allergen but can develop within a few hours.
In some children, allergy symptoms may be life-threatening and cause symptoms like shortness of breath, low blood pressure, or loss of consciousness. This type of reaction is known as anaphylaxis and requires immediate emergency care.
Children with asthma may be at a greater risk of developing allergies, and their allergies may worsen their asthma symptoms.
The Children's Clinic team conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you bring your child in with concerns about allergies. The board-certified pediatricians review your child’s symptoms and medical history, as well as their family history.
To determine the allergen causing your child’s symptoms, the team refers you to a pediatric allergist in Billings for allergy testing.
The Children's Clinic team develops an individualized treatment plan for your child’s allergies based on the substance they’re allergic to and the severity of their symptoms.
Treatment may include:
The team also refers patients to allergists when needed.
For expert management of your child’s allergies, call the Children's Clinic, or request an appointment online today.