Runny nose, watery eyes — could your child be allergic to your pet? It is very possible, i especially if the tendency runs in your family. Pet allergies also appear more frequently in children with asthma and can aggravate this condition.
Being an asthmatic patient myself, I dare not go anywhere close to pets. All animals with fur, even “hairless” ones, have the potential to cause allergies. To see whether your child has a pet allergy before you get an animal, talk to your pediatrician, who may suggest a visit to an allergist.
Fairly inexpensive tests can determine your child’s sensitivity.
Precautions have to be taken when dealing with pets.
- First of all, washing your hands after touching the animal
- Never kissing, touching or cuddling the pet.
- Preparing your own food away from it
- Keeping the animal in a cage, away from the kitchen or dining room.
- Place the litter box away from the living area of the home
- Clean the house thoroughly; carpets, furniture,curtains and drapes and even the walls.
- Remove carpets and replace with tiles.
- Also keep the pet out of your child’s room.
- Hence, restrict the pets playing area to a particular area in the house.
- Finally, If your child happens to play with the pet, change her clothes right after. If you can, give her a bath immediately.
Moreover, If after all these, your child still has severe allergic reactions to the pet, you might have to give the pet away to someone else, since it poses a risk to your child’s health and you definitely don’t want that.