Even babies can have allergies. Common symptoms include a congested nose, eczema, and chronic ear infections.
For parents in search of pediatric allergy treatment, one particularly advantageous option is sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). Simply put, that refers to a safer, more user-friendly form of allergy shots wherein the antigen is taken as drops under the tongue rather than through painful injections.
With shots, the antigen is injected into the skin and absorbs into the blood flow. With drops, it assimilates into the body through special oral cells.
The method was developed about 30 years ago, signaling happier days ahead for young children who were deemed too young for allergy shots. Most doctors won’t give shots to kids younger than age 7 because of the risk of anaphylactic reaction. Drops, on the other hand, have been deemed safe for children less than five years old.
Here are a few more of the perks of sublingual immunotherapy for pediatric allergy treatment:
1. Avoid the side effects from chemicals in medications. Antihistamines, steroid creams, and asthma inhalers can keep symptoms at bay, but they can have harmful side effects for your child. Allergy drops comprise all-natural extracts of airborne allergens (the stuff you breathe in in nature) mixed into a saline solution. This more natural approach to allergy treatment can be far easier on young bodies.
2. Treats the heart of the problem—not just its symptoms. Medications are a “band-aid” approach. They can keep a lid on the symptoms, but they don’t heal the underlying allergic disease. This may be appropriate for kids with short, sporadic bursts of allergy symptoms, but if kids are suffering with allergy symptoms that are compromising their quality of life or if their allergy symptoms last for more than a few months of the year, consider pediatric allergy treatment through sublingual immunotherapy.
3. For food allergies. Allergy shots don’t work for food allergies, but allergy drops have been shown to be effective in treating them. Getting treatment is often a better approach than trying to avoid allergy-causing foods (especially for youngsters who are allergic to multiple foods).
Consult a physician or contact the Family Allergy Clinic to see if sublingual immunotherapy is right for you child.