10 Common Allergies In Toddlers To Watch Out For

Allergies In Toddlers To Watch Out For

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The last four decades or so has seen a steep rise in cases of allergy around the world, especially the west. There is no clear reason for this sudden rise of allergies that were virtually unknown earlier.

Living with an allergic child is like walking on eggshells. You have no clue where the next trigger will come from. But you can’t give up! You need to arm yourself with information to win the battle against allergies.

Here’s a brief information guide on the ten most common allergies toddler’s experience. With this list of common allergies in toddlers, you’ll be better equipped to manage allergy signs in toddlers.

1. Tree/Plant Pollen:

Pollen is the most common allergen that can attack toddlers (1). Also known as ‘Allergy rhinitis’, this seasonal allergy inflicts a large part of the population around the world.


Some common symptoms associated with pollen allergy includes:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Nose congestion
  • Watery and red eyes


Here are some common ways to easy allergy symptoms:

  • Antihistamines.
  • Topical nasal steroids.
  • Cromolyn sodium.
  • Decongestants.
  • Allergy shots.


Prevention is better than cure. This saying is especially true when it comes to toddlers allergies. Some of the ways you can prevent pollen allergy are:

  • Ιf it is pollen season and windy outside, stay at home as much as you can.
  • Try and keep windows closed during allergy season.
  • Make sure to give your toddler a bath and wash her hair before she goes to bed.
  • Don’t put your toddler’s clothes out in the sun to dry.

[ Read: Causes of Sinuses In Toddlers ]

2. Insect Bites:

Insects are everywhere. you can’t possibly keep insects out of your toddler’s life. But is she is allergic to insect bites or stings, you may have no other option.


If your toddler gets an insect bite and experiences the following symptoms, talk to your doctor.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the face, throat, or mouth
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Pimple-like spots
  • Mild to moderate swelling
  • Warmth at the sting site
  • Itching


Follow the tips given below to treat the symptoms of an insect bite allergy:

  • Washing bite site.
  • Applying calamine lotion to soothe the itching.
  • Ice packs to help bring the swelling down.
  • Antihistamine medicine.
  • Strong steroid creams.
  • Epipen.


Banish insects from your toddler’s life!

  • Make sure your toddler dresses in clothes that cover her entire body.
  • Keep rubbish bins covered.
  • Use insect repellents but sparingly
  • Fix insect screens to windows.
  • Use Insecticide sprays.

3. Pet/Animal Hair Or Fur:

We all love our pets. They are more like family for many of us. But sometimes, toddlers can grow allergic to pets or their fur. Allergy symptoms manifest shortly after exposure but stay on long after the animal is gone.


  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing


  • Antihistamines and other over-the-counter allergy medications.
  • Allergy shots.


Other ways to minimize pet allergy symptoms include:

  • Try and keep your toddler away from your pet (easier said than done!)
  • Make your toddler’s room off limit for your pet.
  • Keep your pet away from commonly used furniture.
  • Brush your pet regularly.

[ Read: Treatments To Cure Whooping Cough In Toddlers ]

4. Dust Mites:

Dust mites are invisible enemies that can wreck havoc with your little ones health! If your toddler is allergic to dust, she is among the 20 million Americans who suffer from the same allergy!


Dust allergy manifests as:

  • Eyes that are red, itchy, watery
  • Runny, itchy, stuffy nose
  • Sneezing


  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Nasal steroids
  • Allergy shots


The easiest way to prevent dust allergy is to keep your house dust free. Here’s what you can do:

  • Cover pillows and mattresses with airtight, plastic dust-mite covers.
  • Wash your toddler’s bedding in very hot water once a week.
  • Vacuum your carpets once or twice a week.
  • Don’t forget to vacuum upholstered furniture such as sofas.
  • Keep your toddler’s room free of soft toys.

5. Cigarette Smoke:

You as an adult may smoke out of your free will. But your toddler has no say in inhaling all the second-hand smoke wafting towards her. Some toddlers develop allergy to cigarette smoke early in life.


If you suspect cigarette smoke allergy, check for the following symptoms:

  • Vocal hoarseness
  • Wheezing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Coughing
  • Nasal Irritation


  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Nasal steroids


The best way to prevent an allergic reaction from cigarette smoke is to keep your toddler away from people who smoke! If you smoke, maybe it is time to quit. Or if you need to smoke, do so when your toddler is not around.