Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: t | 2009/09/04

Q.

Allergic reaction

How do you know if a 10 month old has an allergic reaction to something? does rash alone determine this? Must the rash be itchy? What happens if you continue to give a child something that they are already allergic to? Thank you in advance.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a difficult question to answer because there is no simple answer especially to the first part of your question. Children can vomit if they eat a food to which they are allergic or they may swell up and develop hives [an itchy rash] or they may sneeze or cough or wheeze or develop difficulty with breathing due to swelling in the mouth and throat.If a child develops a rash due to an allergy it is usually itchy. If you continue to give a child a food to which they are allergic this lead to swelling of the tongue and throat and difficulty with breathing. This is very serious and can be life threatening.This dangerous allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis.

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