Understanding childhood allergies with the experts from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)- Research shows that 1 in 13 children in the U.S. have some sort of allergy and those numbers are on the rise.  Dr. Ted Kelbel of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, specializing in allergies and immunology, sat down with Terri to discuss what important information adults need to know on this topic.How common are childhood allergies?

– Can range from environmental triggers to food allergies

– About 20-30 percent of kids have environmental allergies

– About 10 percent of kids have asthma

– 1 in 13 children in the US have some sort of food allergy (3 kids or less in a classroom)

– All of them are on the riseHow do you know if your child has environmental allergies?

– Most common symptom is nasal congestion and ear infectionsWhat are some symptoms of food allergies?

– Hives, rash, mouth swelling, difficulty breathing/swallowingWhen is it time to see a specialist?

– Early identification is very important for treatment, especially with food allergies

– Can lead to other serious health concerns if left untreated

– With food allergies, it is important to get under control – can lead to anaphylaxisPediatric Allergy and Immunology

35 Michigan Street NE, Suite 3003

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616.267.8150helendevoschildrens.org/AllergyandImmunology

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