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Discovering that anyone in the homebut particularly one of the kidsis allergic to the family pet can be upsetting. Our pets are members of our family, so discovering that their mere presence is negatively impacting the health or physical comfort of your child creates a stressful situation. But if it happens, and provided the allergy isnt severe, there are steps you can take to ease your childs symptoms without resorting to rehoming the animal.
If you have young kids and youre still deciding whether to bring a new pet homeand you have a strong history of allergies in your familyyou may want to wait until theyre old enough to confirm whether they have a pet allergy themselves. If an animal allergy is suspected, its a good idea to expose the child to the pet a few times to watch for symptoms before committing to an adoption. Keep in mind, though, that it can take months of exposure before allergy symptoms appear.
If you already have a pet that is causing your child to sneeze and wheeze, there are some things you can do to help manage the situation.
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