Children have unique ways of describing their experiences and perceptions, and allergic reactions are no exception. Precious time can be lost when adults do not immediately recognize that a reaction is happening or don’t understand what a child is telling them.
Signs of an allergic reaction in children, especially very young ones, can include:
· Putting their hands in their mouths
· Pulling or scratching at their tongues
· Slurring their words
· Their voices may change (e.g., become hoarse or squeaky)
- "This food is too spicy."
- "My tongue [or mouth] is hot [or burning, tingling, itching]."
- "It feels like something’s poking my tongue."
- "It [my tongue] feels like there is hair on it."
- "My tongue feels full [or heavy or funny]."
- "There’s something stuck in my throat."
- "It feels like a bump is on the back of my tongue [throat]."
- "My lips feel tight."
- "It feels like there are bugs in there." (to describe itchy ears)
- “My eyes are burning [or itchy].”
- “My skin feels itchy.”
- “My stomach [or tummy] hurts.”
- “My chest is tight.”
- “Something is wrong” or “Something bad is happening.”
If you think your child is having an allergic reaction, seek help immediately. Learn more about treating allergic reactions.