Can a child have a pear allergy?
With the advent of autumn, tasty and sweet pears appear on the tables, and young mothers are interested in whether it is possible to give these fruits to a child, and whether the product will cause an allergy. This article focuses on the causes and symptoms of pear allergy in children.
Could there be a pear allergy
Pears are sweet, delicious fruits that can be found in many gardens or on store shelves. Ripe fruits appear in late August or September. These fruits belong to stone fruits, which often cause cross allergies in infants and older children.
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Causes of allergies
Stone fruit allergens have a similar structure to birch pollen particles. That is why cross allergenic reactions occur. Pears belong to the same group of allergens as apples or cherries. Another reason for this reaction in children and adults is environmental pollution and chemicals used in growing fruit trees and food. The most allergic manifestations occur after eating fresh pears, but as a result of heat treatment they lose their allergenic properties, since high temperature adversely affects allergens.
Signs and Symptoms
The baby's body can respond differently to the food eaten. In case of rejection, the immune system does not tolerate the compounds contained in food, i.e. food allergens. In practice, this means that after the use of dangerous foods, alarm signals appear by the body.
Allergic symptoms appear quickly and quickly disappear. Most often, this local reaction concerns organs that were in direct contact with sensitizing food: tongue, mouth, and throat.
If the baby is particularly sensitive to the use of pears, then it may occur:All of these symptoms can lead to life-threatening anaphylactic shock..
Did you know? Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis occur in spring, summer and early autumn. They are usually caused by intolerance to pollen from trees, herbs rich in essential oils, or weeds, as well as mold spores in the air.
Diagnostics are based on specialized, reliable medical history and skin tests, as well as identification as a result of special tests.
It must be remembered that tests for infants and young children can be unreliable. Infants do not produce enough immunoglobulin E, antibodies that respond to allergens. Moreover, the correct concentration of immunoglobulin E also does not exclude allergies. That's why it is extremely difficult to find out if a child has a food allergy or intolerance. Studies also show that parents themselves “discover” food allergies in their children more often than they actually are.
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To make sure that the rash on the cheeks or under the diaper is an allergic reaction to the pear, you need to carefully monitor the baby, and even better - keep a diary. When keeping a diary, mother needs to be as specific as possible regarding both what she ate (if she is still breastfeeding) and what the baby was eating. It is necessary to pay attention to the time of day and observe changes in the behavior of the child.It is advisable to keep such a diary of observations within a few weeks, after which it is possible to analyze and possibly find a similarity between the reception of the pear and the reaction of the baby. If you do not keep a diary, parents may after a while forget about when the mother ate the pears, or how the baby reacted to the fruit.
The treatment of fruit allergies, like any food allergic reaction, implies the complete exclusion of a dangerous product from the diet. Unfortunately, this is not only about raw fruits, but also about dishes or products from them: juices, jams or yoghurts, so it is important for parents to carefully analyze labels on children's products before purchasing baby purees.
Important! Older children can get rid of an allergic reaction by taking antihistamines prescribed by a pediatrician. In case of childhood allergies, accompanied by violent and acute manifestations, it is urgent to take tests to a clinical laboratory.
Modern pharmacology offers for children’s treatment for allergies many drugs in the form of drops, syrup, dragees or granules. Some drugs quickly relieve allergic symptoms, and some prevent their occurrence. Drugs for childhood allergies: “Fenistil”, “Erius”, “Alerzin”, “Cetirizine”, “Claritin”, “Zodak”, “Diazolin”, “Rolinoz”, “Loratadin”. Any of these drugs can be given to the child only after consulting a pediatrician.
The use of mumiyo gives pretty good results in treating allergies in children. Before starting treatment, make a solution of water and this useful bee product. Mumiyo is bred in water, based on the proportion of 1 g of product per 1 liter of water, after which it is offered to children with allergies. An aqueous solution of mumiyo is given to the child once a day: in the morning, before meals. The dose for children from one to three years of age does not exceed 50 ml, from 3 to 7 years old - 70 ml, for children over 7 years old you can drink 100 ml of a medicinal solution. Medication is continued for 20 days. If the allergy is advanced, the course of treatment can be repeated, but with a decrease in the dose of mumiyo in water by 50%.
You can also lubricate the skin manifestations of diathesis in a child with a solution containing mummy. For skin application, a more concentrated solution is prepared: for every 100 ml of water, 1 g of mumiyo is added.
The treatment of allergies in children and adults with the help of mummies is carried out with a frequency of 2 times a year, with an interval of 5-7 months. It is preferable to carry out treatment in spring and autumn.
Pediatricians claim that children who are breastfed for at least one year are significantly less susceptible to any type of allergy. Mother's milk is a product that perfectly strengthens the baby’s immune system. If, nevertheless, the baby is prone to allergic reactions that occur after the mother feeds him a pear, it is most advisable to avoid further use of this fruit. In any case, parents need to consult a pediatrician who is observing the baby from birth, get his recommendations and follow them.
Important! Expectant mothers should remember that smoking during pregnancy significantly weakens the immunity of an emerging baby. Maternal smoking in the future may lead to allergies or asthma in the baby.
What are the complications of pear allergy?
It is not easy for parents to distinguish between the common cold and allergies in children, especially in the smallest, because the symptoms are, at first glance, very similar.Allergic reactions differ from colds, but require close parental supervision, which can help a parent distinguish a cold from an allergy. But if the reactions followed directly with the pear, then this may well signal a child’s allergy, especially when it is accompanied by symptoms such as a rash, severe constipation or diarrhea, pain in the stomach or stomach, shortness of breath and cough, and a runny nose. All this is an occasion to immediately apply for a professional medical diagnosis.
Parents need to be very attentive to the products that are given to the baby for the first time. This is especially true of food, which can cause mild or severe allergic reactions. Having tracked, if possible, the allergen, parents are advised to exclude this product from the child’s diet and consult an observing pediatrician.