Allergy Shots Part 5: Children And Allergy Shots

June 11, 2010

Although allergy shots are effective at any age, I generally do not consider allergy shots as a treatment option until after 7 years of age.  The reason for this is that I think prior to that age it is difficult for children to fully understand why they are getting weekly shots and I fear that the potential psychological trauma may out way the benefits.   

There is reason to believe that the earlier allergy shots are started the more significant the benefits.  Allergy shots may prevent the development of new allergies in children who are allergic to one or two allergens.  It is not unusual for a child to first develop allergies to tree pollen and then over time develop allergies to other pollens or dust mite.  Alternatively, a child can first develop allergies to dust mites or cockroach and then over time develop various seasonal pollen allergies.  Allergy shots may also prevent the development of asthma in children who are receiving shots for nasal allergies.

Note: The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and is not meant as specific medical advice for a specific person.   If you have a medical problem, please contact your doctor.


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