Green Child Magazine

How Do I Know If My Child Has Allergies?
by Nina L. Shapiro, MD

“It must be allergies.” How often do parents hear that? Very. But is it really the answer to all things stuffy and runny? Maybe yes, but maybe no. Presence or absence of allergies is oftentimes puzzling for parents. Especially nowadays, where food allergies are running rampant, everyone seems to be allergic to something, and these allergies seem to start at younger and younger ages, the issue of environmental allergies has become even fuzzier. By environmental (as opposed to food or medication) allergies, I am referring to allergies to outdoor allergens such as pollen, trees, and grasses, as well as indoor allergens such as dust, mold, feather pillows, and pet hair

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