That Cold Is Lasting A Long Time: 4 Signs That It's Time To Have Your Child Tested For Allergies

If you have allergies, the chances are good that your child will also suffer from allergies. That's because many allergies are hereditary. However, even if you don't have allergies, your child could still end up suffering from a multitude of allergies. If you haven't had your child tested for allergies, now's a good time to have that done. It's particularly important for your child to have allergy testing if they're going to be heading off to school next year. You never know what they'll come in contact with once they start school. You want to be prepared to protect them from allergens. Here are four more important reasons why your child should be tested for allergies. 

Your Child Suffers Extended Cold Symptoms

It's not uncommon for kids to develop colds each year, especially during cold and flu season. However, there comes a time when you realize that your child isn't developing the typical cold. If you've noticed that your child comes down with a cold at the same time each year, or that those cold symptoms linger for weeks on end without letting up, it's time to have them tested for allergies. That cold they get every fall could actually be allergy-related. By having your child tested for allergies, you'll be able to identify the trigger and put an end to those long-lasting cold symptoms.

Your Child Has Been Diagnosed with Asthma

If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, chances are good that they also have allergies, as well. In fact, certain allergies could be causing some of the asthma-related symptoms. Now that your child is being treated for asthma ask your doctor to test them for allergies. That way, you can determine which symptoms are related to asthma, and which ones are related to allergies. Having that information will ensure that your child is receiving the proper treatment.

Your Child Develops Frequent Rashes and Hives

When kids spend a lot of time outside, they can develop an occasional rash. They may even suffer from hives from time to time. However, if your child develops frequent rashes, and suffers from hives more than just a few times a year, allergies could be the cause. Have your doctor test your child for allergies so that you can determine the cause of the frequent rashes and hives outbreaks.

Your Child Coughs and Wheezes at Night

If you've noticed that your child coughs and wheezes at night, and asthma treatment doesn't stop the problem, there could be an underlying allergy involved. Allergies can cause severe bouts of coughing and wheezing, which can make it difficult for your child to get a good nights rest. Talk to your doctor about allergy testing, so that your child can begin receiving treatment for their allergies.