DO YOU KNOW ALLERGY CAN SLOW PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR CHILD?
Children develop certain signs and symptoms much before actual allergic disease develops and these are early danger signs. It is important for parents, teachers and relatives of children to observe these early signs and contact allergy specialist. This will help the child to prevent serious allergic diseases and can avoid physical and mental developmental problems. And also avoid constant stress in parents which will not only be mental but also physical and financial.
Classical allergic diseases in children are Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, Eczema, Urticaria but early following EARLY SIGNS appear much early and any body seeing the child can diagnose if they have this information. Parents daily see these early signs and ignore it, thinking these are normal signs and once I to them they realize the importance and confirm to me that their child has most of the signs I have mentioned
- EARLY SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF ALLERGY
- RED EARS. Children develop red ears after taking allergic food or exposed to pollens, molds or house dust mite if they are allergic to these
- RED CHEEKS:-They develop red cheeks after exposure to allergens and parents are happy that their child has ROSY CHEEKS.
- EYE CIRCLES & EYE WRINKLES:-Allergic children develop circles arround eyes and eye wrinkles
- NOSE RUB:- These children are continuously rubbing the nose and develop crease on upper side of nose called Shiners
- BED WETTING:- Allergic children have bed wetting for several years even after nappy training and this may continue even after 15 yrs of age. They are normally allergic to milk or any other food and once the allergy is treated the child gets rid of it
- BEHAVORIAL PROBLEMS
Allergy can cause behavioral problems in children. It is important to note that these early signs and behavioral problems are not always there. You will observe these when these children are exposed to allergens. For example if the child is allergic to milk or wheat he will develop these signs when he eats egg or wheat. But he becomes normal when allergy vaccine is given to him or avoids allergic foods. The explanation to behavioral problems with allergic food s is as follows.
About 30% of the food taken is absorbed and enters the blood. With blood it goes to every part of the body and even to the brain. Patients must have noticed that when we do the allergy tests we put a drop of allergen eg what, or milk or egg and after 10 minutes if the person is allergic, big swelling is seen which helps us to diagnose that the person is allergic to such food. So when a person is eating the allergic food instead of giving energy to body it causes swelling in different parts of the body. He may develop asthma or rhinitis or diarrhea and in brain causes swelling of the brain coverings called meninges and thus leads to behavioral changes. But once they avoid such foods or vaccine is given they have sudden and tremendous improvements.
Memory and Concentration:-
They are either very intelligent or slow in class. Intact in early stage of the disease they are very intelligent and as the disease progresses they become less and less interested in studies and in the class since allergy affects the memory and concentration.
Restlessness & Hyperactive:-
Allergic children are typically restless and hyperactive. They cannot sit or stay still or quiet. Try to observe such child, he will be swaying, fidgeting, my suddenly start dancing or jumping. If u ask them to sit still on the chair and not move, he will start moving the legs, move hands in orderly or dis orderly manner. He will move around and will try to displace the gadgets or anything in the room. His parents will snub him and after a few minutes he will start doing the same. He will even damage the costly decoration pieces or gadgets if he accompanies as guest with his parents.
He will suddenly start making barking sounds or rooster sounds. He will become indecent in public places and suddenly remove all his clothes and even nappy. He will star abusing people around.
He will suddenly jump from stairs or from the roof, he will hide in the dark corners of the house or under the bed or in the cupboards and even in the refrigerators. He may have serious burns since he will like to closer to gas heaters. Parents have to be extremely careful.
Irritable and Aggressive:-
Such children are crying without apparent reason, they become easily irritable, will bite other children and even parents. They become abusive and aggressive and can hit another child with whatever they have in hand. They can even damage or injure themselves with knife or stick if they can find it. They suddenly become indecent and remove their clothes in public and remove their nappies too.
In attentive and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD):-
Some children are slow, they become in attentive. If u tell them something they will look blank to u but once effect of allergy is gone he again becomes attentive and looks intelligent. But if he is taking continuously the the foods he is allergic to then he is continuously in attentive.
I have observed many times that if one parent has come for his/her allergy along with his child who is supposedly free from allergies. His parents will call him a bit naughty. He will not sit quiet inspite of his parent snubbing him. He will pick up the syringes, if his parent tells him to behave he will pick up the glass vials or any gadget from my examination room. So I tell the parents that the child has genes of allergies and has early signs of allergy. They agree that they have been observing these signs but never thought seriously about it.
So just looking at the child and observing him can help you to protect your child.
Children allergies behavior
Dark blue black or red eye circles
these children often act as if spaced out and if you try to snub him he does not seem to acknowledge it or heard it. Some appear always sleepy or tire others are fidgety and cannot stand still.
They can’t concentrate on their books or they cannot follow the to advice or directions given to him. This type of in attentive behavior is seen after he eats artificially colored beverages or cereals, candies, pop corns, corn products, chocolates, peanut butter, tomato products like pizza, milk or dairy products, bakery products, which contain additives or preservatives and apple, grape or orange juice. This food can cause hyperactivity, depression, fatigue, headache, abdominal discomfort, asthma or hay fever. Teaching to such children is disappointment in such children especially when children have such symptoms. Parents are disturbed perplexed and depressed by their child’s erratic and intermittent inability to learn and behave. Children having allergies to foods, aero allergens and chemicals can be:-
- Stuffiness or sniffling
- Clucking throat sounds or throatclearing
- Coughing or wheezing
- Itchy watery eyes
- Swollen eye lids
- Puffy bags below eyes
- Swollen cracked lips
- Itchy skin rashes, especially in the arm or leg creases
- Frequent hearing loss after frequent hear infections
- Sudden ear pain or ringing in ears
- Recurrent headaches
- Recurrent leg aches or muscle aches. The child complains of pains in limbs after playing.
- They are not still and start moving ther hands or their legs up and down or sideways rapidly.
- Recurrent intestinal symptoms of nausea, bloating, pain, belching, halitosis, diarhoea or constipation.
- Un explained facial pallor
- Extreme ticklishness