Allergy: how to live with?

Allergy: how to live with?

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Milk, pollen, cat hair, mites, peanuts ... tickle your children? You will have to arrange your everyday life to preserve the allergies of the family. Dr. Dominique Château-Waquet, allergist, answers your questions.

Is it enough to flee an allergen to avoid any reaction?

  • Eviction is the most radical measure. When a child is allergic to cat hair, it is best to avoid crossing one. When it is sensitive to a food, it is removed stupidly and as long as it is not in contact with the allergen, your child will be in great shape. The problem is that eviction is not always obvious. Milk, eggs and peanuts are found in most industrial food products. Mites are also present in all houses. It is possible to limit their development by hygiene measures, but your child will meet them at the nanny, nursery or school. Give punctual antihistamine syrup such as Aerius or Primalan, or homeopathic granules to reduce reactions is not enough either. It is necessary very quickly to take care of allergy in a global way to allow a fulfilling and risk free social life.

How to organize this support?

  • The allergist must first prove the potential danger in order to establish a medical certificate and recommendations. It is then necessary to bring the entourage of the child, that is to say all the people who take care of it even occasionally, to become aware of the risks. Grandparents, friends and nannies must absolutely measure the danger of exposure to an allergen.
  • Many people still think that allergy, it happens in the head, it's a new fad and a little butter or a horse ride can not hurt. But that's wrong. If necessary, a doctor's certificate must be presented to prove the potential danger.
  • Finally, it is essential to inform the child of the problem he is suffering as soon as possible. Even worried, he is curious about his body and he can learn very early to formulate what he feels, if it scratches him, if it bothers him, if it makes him want to throw up ... He must feel free to tell adults from his entourage that he can not eat certain foods or be in contact with animals. It's up to you, parents, to talk to him regularly, integrating this information on a daily basis, but without dramatizing it.

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