Although children often suffer from the same allergy symptoms as adults, they may require special care to prevent permanent damage to their fragile, developing immune systems. Likewise, Children's sinuses are still developing until well into the teen years. This makes them susceptible to sinus and allergy conditions, which can be either acute (brief and temporary) or chronic (long lasting). Pediatric sinus and allergy conditions are tricky to diagnose since the symptoms so closely resemble those of other illnesses.
Children can develop allergies because of an inherited predisposition or repeated exposure allergic to substances such as pollen, mold, pet dander, food, medicines and more.
Even though allergies are not present at birth, there is an increased risk of developing certain allergies when parents have them as well. While there is no way of preventing these or any allergies, you can help your child avoid contact with allergens as much as possible to minimize symptoms. Other treatments focus on relieving symptoms and may include antihistamines, allergy shots and decongestants.
Children are not mini-adults the treatment of pediatric allergies is very much dependent upon the age and size of your child. At Valley ENT our expert physicians and teams are also moms and dads. We understand how to provide the best specialized care and treatment for your child's allergies in a way that reduces anxiety and is family-centered.
Children are not simply "little adults". They're physically different. Different enough to come down with diseases adults just don't get. Illnesses, symptoms, appropriate medications, and treatments are all influenced by the age and size of your child. Treating children requires specific medical knowledge and equipment.
The information on this site is intended to help provide a general understanding only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment recommendations made individually for your child. Please consult our providers at Valley ENT, or your primary care provider, with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child's condition.