Allergies in Children

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In the UK, 40% of children have been diagnosed with an allergy1

In fact, allergic rhinitis is the most common chronic disease in childhood.2

  • Children who suffer from allergic rhinitis have been shown to have more infections and associated problems3
  • Allergic rhinitis sufferers have approximately twice the number of prescriptions and GP visits compared to those without4 according to data collected in the USA.
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The impacts of allergies for children can be wide reaching

Allergies in children can be a cause of distress for both parents and children.

Allergy can impact wellbeing in many ways:1

  • Anxiety around a potential allergic reaction
  • Visible symptoms such as eczema and hives causing low self-esteem
  • Isolation around social events e.g. birthday parties or restaurants
  • Negative relationships with food e.g. aversion and refusal
  • Sleep deprivation due to symptoms affecting mood and concentration
  • Fear of using adrenaline auto-injectors
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Children and food allergies

Incidence of food allergy in children tends to be greater in young children (almost 1 in 12) than adults (1-2%)5

Risk factors for developing food allergy can be increased if allergy runs in the family and where one type of allergy already exists e.g. asthma.6

    • Flushed face, hives, a red and itchy rash around the mouth, tongue, or eyes – this can spread across the entire body
    • Swelling, particularly of the lips, eyes, and face
    • A running or blocked nose, sneezing and watery eyes
    • Nausea and vomiting, tummy cramps and diarrhoea
    • A scratchy or itchy mouth and throat
  • Requires urgent medical attention.

    • Wheezing or chest tightness, similar to an asthma attack
    • Swelling of throat and tongue, restricting airways
    • A sudden drop in blood pressure, leading to shock
    • Dizziness, confusion, collapse and loss of consciousness and sometimes coma
    • Pale and floppy (for babies and children)

Understanding allergies

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Piriton Children’s Allergy Syrup and Piriton Allergy Tablets (chlorphenamine maleate)

Find out more about Piriton Syrup suitable from 12 months and Piriton Tablets suitable from 6 years.

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Piriteze Hayfever & Allergy 10mg Film Coated Tablets, and Piriteze Children's Hayfever & Allergy 1mg/ml Syrup (P) (cetirizine hydrochloride).

Both Piriteze formats are suitable from 6 years of age. P line syrup is suitable for 2 +.

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