According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology over 20 million Americans have asthma with half of them suffering from allergic asthma. With or without the presence of asthma, allergies can make your child’s life miserable. Fortunately, we are here to help. Thanks to our relationship with Children’s Hospital, your child can be seen by an allergy and asthma specialist at any KTMG location.
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Children will develop allergies usually out of nowhere. Allergies can be seasonal, also known as hay fever, or they can be related to specific foods. Often times, children will experience an allergic reaction the ‘hard way’. The goal is allergy treatment is to figure out what is causing symptoms, and then work to avoid the cause.
Seasonal allergies are common in many children. They are a result of the body responding negatively to certain pollen that has been released into the air by trees and plants. There are different types of pollen that exist. Some children may only be allergic to one specific type of pollen, while others will be allergic to many. Symptoms of seasonal allergies will closely resemble that of the common cold. Typical seasonal allergy symptoms include congestion, sore throats, cough, watery eyes, and a runny nose. Colds will often produce a thick discolored mucus nasal discharge, whereas allergies will produce a clear mucus nasal discharge. The best defense against seasonal allergies is to keep your windows closed and remain inside during times when the pollen count is high.
Our pediatricians can use medical tests, such as an allergy skin test, to screen for specific types of pollens that your child may be allergic to. Certain pollens are released during specific times of the year. This knowledge could help treat and prevent your child’s allergies. Many medications exist that can effectively help your child’s immune system respond better to these pollens. Always check with a pediatrician before giving your child medication.
Your child may also develop food allergies as they begin to delve into trying out new foods. The most common types of food allergies are peanuts, seafood, milk, dairy, and soy. It’s important to keep your child away from any foods that may cause an allergic reaction because in rare cases, an allergic reaction may be fatal. Allergic reactions are often characterized by developing hives or a skin rash.
At Kids and Teen Medical Group, our pediatricians will work with you to find out specifically what is causing your child’s allergic symptoms. Your kids are our number one priority and we want to make sure they develop a good understanding of how they can successfully live with either seasonal, food, or other types of allergies.
As they grow and develop, sometimes children may experience conditions or issues that cause them to act out or behave inappropriately. Whether due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other emotional issues, these behavioral changes can be scary and challenging for patients and parents alike. However, proper care and treatment can help children grow into vibrant and successful adults, and we are here to help.
ADHD is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood. Problems associated with ADHD include inattention and hyperactive, impulsive behavior. Children with ADHD may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school.
While treatment won’t cure ADHD, it can help a great deal with symptoms. Treatment typically involves psychological counseling, medications or both. ADHD has been called attention-deficit disorder (ADD)and hyperactivity. But ADHD is the preferred term because it describes both primary aspects of the condition: inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior.
While many children who have ADHD tend more toward one category than the other, most children have some combination of inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior. Signs and symptoms of ADHD become more apparent during activities that require focused mental effort.
In most children diagnosed with ADHD, signs, and symptoms appear before the age of 7. In some children, signs of ADHD are noticeable as early as infancy. You may suspect your child’s behavior is caused by ADHD if you notice consistent inattentive or hyperactive, impulsive behavior that:
- Lasts more than 6 months
- Occurs in more than just one setting (typically at home and at school)
- Regularly disrupts school, play, and other daily activities
- Causes problems in relationships with adults and other children
A diagnosis of ADHD can be scary, and symptoms can be a challenge for parents and children alike. However, treatment can make a big difference, and the majority of children with ADHD grow up to be vibrant, active and successful adults.
We now feature Children’s Hospital Los Angeles specialists in our offices. Please request your child to be seen by a CHLA specialist in your appointment submission