Children can have a variety of allergies, with environmental allergies and food allergies being some of the most common. The experienced and friendly pediatricians at Buono Pediatrics & Wellness in Millburn, New Jersey, Amy Buono, MD, and Donald Cotler, MD, offer allergy testing and treatment to help your child live comfortably no matter what their allergies may be. Same day appointments are available. Book now using the online scheduler or call for an appointment today.
There are a number of possible signs that your child has allergies, including:
The exact symptoms can vary by allergy type, but many children experience several of the above symptoms at one time.
Although some allergy symptoms can mimic cold or flu, with environmental allergies like pollen and pet dander the symptoms tend to be more persistent. While a cold usually resolves in a week or so, environmental allergies can be a daily or near-daily thing.
Food allergies are different because symptoms usually only occur after ingesting certain foods. Symptoms like upset stomach, hives, and swollen tongue are common with food allergies.
Skin allergies usually appear immediately after contact with the allergen, which is why your child's skin may swell and grow red after washing with a certain soap or wearing clothes washed in a certain type of detergent.
If your child has allergy symptoms but you can't narrow down the source at all, Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler may recommend allergy testing. Buono Pediatrics offers blood work to evaluate for allergies. In cases where further evaluation, including skin testing, is necessary patients will be referred to an allergist.
For certain types of allergies, lifestyle changes — namely, careful management of allergen exposure — can be enough to keep your child symptom-free.
In other cases, your child may need oral medication, topical medication, or allergy shots to keep the symptoms well controlled.
The Buono Pediatrics & Wellness team is here to help your child enjoy life without allergies. Book an appointment online or by phone now.