Have you heard of The Atopic Triad?

We understand that as parents you are constantly watching over your little ones, especially when you’re doing it for the first time.

Everything they do is precious and memorable. That’s why, when you’re asleep and you hear your baby make a funny sound, you can jump to the worst conclusions.You get up to check that they’re not choking, only to find they make that funny sound again and it was simply their first little sneeze. However, sometimes your maternal instincts can be right. If you find that your baby starts to develop dry, red or broken skin this is something that you should get checked out by your doctor.

If your baby turns out to have eczema, you should be aware of related conditions. Have you ever heard of The Atopic Triad for instance? The term refers to the family tendency to develop allergic conditions that include eczema, asthma and hayfever.

This means that these conditions are genetic and if you have one of the above, you may pass it down to your children. For first time parents, there’s no need to panic, as these conditions can be easily treated.

However, what you should know are some early warning signs that your baby or young children might show. Usually, they start off with developing eczema at a young age and some go on to develop asthma and/or hayfever later in life. They may not develop all three conditions, but keep in mind that conditions like hayfever may not appear until they are young adults at university, or maybe even later on.

Because of The Atopic Triad, you should try to make sure your children are prepared for later on in life and understand the signs, or information about allergy triggers for a condition like hayfever.

The majority of people with hayfever have their allergies triggered by pollen, dust, dustmites and mould that can be found inside and outdoors. Certain seasons like Spring are a prime time that affect many hayfever sufferers. Some common signs could include sneezing, an itchy throat or itchy eyes. Sometimes, if left untreated the condition may seriously impact their studies, or work life.

In a study by Meda Pharmaceuticals, hayfever sufferers reported to feel symptoms like tiredness which led to an increase in sick days.

If you and your family would like to have a sneeze free season, make sure you visit your doctor who can recommend the best treatment for you.

(Flickr photograph by Paul Reynolds)