Learning that a child has an allergy typically requires allergy testing or discovery via trial an error. While you may be on alert for food allergies and allergies to materials, there is one largely forgotten allergy. Some children may be allergic to cold, also called cold urticaria. Here is some information on discovering if your child may have a cold allergy and solving the symptoms through completely natural means.
Hives after being in cold weather
While low temperatures call for bundling up, some people may be able to stay out in cooler weather better than others can. If you happen to be out with your child running errands or otherwise spending time exposed to the elements, check your child's skin upon returning inside from the cold weather. If the skin is inflamed and red or has visible hives, they may be sensitive to the cold or suffer from cold urticaria.
Sensitivity to cold drinks and food
Most people will get tooth pain or develop brain freeze from cold foods, such as ice pops or slushies at some point. For those with cold urticaria, the dynamic will persist with different levels of cold food and will show up much worse. Some sufferers of cold urticaria on all levels can get a swollen lips or experience mouth discomfort from foods that are cold. If your child often complains about cold food bothering them, you may want to take them to see a doctor, like Alaska Natural Health Solutions, for an allergy test.
Welts from the cold
If your child is ever playing in the snow or outside during cold weather times and begin to feel itchy, you should check their body immediately. Developing welts is a sign that our child may be allergic to the cold. The welts will start off as red, itchy skin, then may form into large or small welts after the child comes inside from the cold. If you notice red or irritated skin on your child after coming inside, monitor the reaction of the skin for the next 30 minutes. If the welts seem to develop while the skin is trying to warm, this is a sign of cold urticaria. Make sure your child always wears warm, sealed clothing in cold weather.
Cold pools irritate
One fun place that many forget may be cold and affect the skin is the swimming pool. If you take your child to a pool that is cold, they may show the same symptoms as being exposed to the cold weather. Ask your child to come out of the pool once every half hour or if they feel odd in any way. To stay away from issues, have your child enter a pool on warm days, or if the temperature is higher.