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Diagnosing Allergies in Children Under Two

Is your child showing symptoms of hay fever or another allergy? If your suspicions are confirmed, read on.

If all the symptoms seem to be in place, what options are open to parents? Allergies can be difficult to diagnose in a child under two, but not impossible. A trusted family GP should always be the first port of call. Your child will then be referred to the nearest and best immunologist, who can carry out the proper tests.

To do a proper test, an active, concentrated drop of the allergen is put on the skin which has to be broken with a needle point. If there is an allergy, it will swell up and look like a bee sting. What can be tricky is that you may need to do this 20 times which is certainly difficult with a wriggling baby.

Be wary of alternative treatments and clinics claiming to be able to test for allergies. Very often they lead parents down the wrong path and lead them to unwittingly subject their child to very strict diets, which have no impact except to make the child even more miserable. Always consult your GP.

Using a nasal spray, such as Stérimar Baby, can help clear nasal passage, to relieve dry and stuffy noses associated with hay fever and seasonal colds.Stérimar is a pure, gentle and natural sea water nasal spray suitable for all the family, even babies, which is drug and preservative free.

Stérimar is a pure, gentle and natural sea water nasal spray suitable for all the family, even babies, which is drug and preservative free. www.sterimarnasal.co.uk/

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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