Allergies affect 50% of children in the UK

As charity Allergy UK warns of an epidemic, as we look at some of the things you can do

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Summer brings with it glorious sunshine, long days spent outside and unfortunately for lots of children – a heap of allergies, too.

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According to charity Allergy UK 50% of children suffer an allergy. In some instances this rise is simply in better awareness and better diagnosis, rather than an actual increase in allergies. It’s important not to self-diagnose, so make sure you chat to your child’s doctor if you spot signs of an allergy.

Allergies come in all forms and can occur just in the summer or over the whole year. While this could be a food allergy, hay fever, eczema or asthma, the unfortunate thing is one often means the other. As many as 35% of people who had eczema as a child have hay fever or asthma as adults and 25% of hay fever sufferers have asthma.

But before you close the curtains and hibernate until the snow returns (it can’t be that long, eh?!) there’s a few things you can do.

First up, give your medicine cabinet a summer overhaul with our pick of the top five summer allergy medicines. Plus, stay ahead with some handy mobile phone apps, including FoodWiz (free, iTunes/ Android Google Play) which scans food packages to find your known allergens, and Clarityn’s Pollen Forecast (free, iTunes/ Android Google Play).

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We’ve also pulled together lots of information on hay fever, asthma and eczema so you can learn how to keep skin soft and supple and what may be causing your child’s flare-ups. 

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