Treatment Options for Allergic Kids

As many as 4 out of 10 kids suffer with allergies*.  Common symptoms of kids allergies include the following.

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Eczema or hives
  • Asthma or wheezing
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Upset stomach (from food allergies)
Medications
Antihistamines, decongestants, asthma inhalers, etc.Pros:

  • Can work quickly and effectively for short-term seasonal allergies

Cons:

  • Can have side effects
  • Treat symptoms only (not the underlying allergy)
Allergy Shots
(aka “Allergy immunotherapy”)Pros:

  • Treat the underlying allergy (not just symptoms) for a lasting solution
  • Avoid side effects of synthetic medications

Cons:

  • Not usually prescribed for kids under 7
  • Require frequent trips to the doctor for shots
Under-the-Tongue Allergy Drops
(aka “Sublingual immunotherapy)Pros:Same pros as allergy shots plus:

  • Easier to administer than shots (can be taken at home)
  • Safer than shots
  • Can be prescribed for younger kids than shots can

Cons:

  • Some insurance companies do not cover

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*American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology