Allergies Affecting Your Child’s Mood?
By Angela Bekiaris
Last week we revealed the link between your allergies and your mood. Who would have thought a little sniffle here and there could have you feeling moody and fatigued, right? But studies have shown that people with allergies can feel depressed, irritable or miserable as a result of their symptoms. Other studies have found that the incidence of clinical depression is twice as common among allergy sufferers. But it’s not just about you – your children could be affected, too!
According to experts, studies have found an increase in irritability and temper tantrums among children being treated for allergies. In addition, other changes in mood related to allergies tend to be more dramatic in children than in adults, reveals Verywellhealth.com. Experts suggest you take a minute to step into your child’s shoes next time they seem irritable – unlike adults, they say children cannot as easily see the link between their allergies and difficulty concentrating at school and instead might just stop concentrating or feel lazy. Plus, experts add that together with the stigma that many children with allergies suffer, the impact of non-nasal symptoms of allergies is significant.
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Studies say there could also be a link between allergic rhinitis and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Some studies say the two could possibly go hand-in-hand, but while there is some evidence, researchers say this cannot be confirmed just yet.
Emotional Abuse Signs To Look Out For
While changes in emotions are common while growing up – and through different stages in life – extreme or sudden changes could be a sign of something more. Here are some things to look out for in children, courtesy of Spcc.org.uk:
1. Being overly-affectionate towards strangers or people they haven’t known for very long.
2. Lacking confidence or becoming wary or anxious.
3. Being aggressive or nasty towards other children and animals.
4. Using language, acting in a way or knowing about things that you wouldn’t expect them to know for their age.
5. Struggle to control strong emotions or have extreme outburst
6. Seem isolated from their parents
7. Lack social skills or have few, if any, friends
8. Other signs include depression, sleeping or eating disorders, wetting the bed, taking risks, missing school, obsessive behaviour, nightmares, substance abuse, self-hat or thoughts about suicide.