If you've noticed your toddler suffering from watery eyes, nasal congestion and itchy skin then they may be suffering from an allergy. Toddler allergies occur when the child's body mistakes a substance as being harmful and then attacks it, which in turn releases histamine and thus causes the allergic reaction.

All sorts of allergens can trigger the early signs of toddler allergies. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics a child can be exposed to allergens through inhalation, injection (medicine or bug stings), ingestion or touch. Common allergens include things like mold, animal dander, chemicals, food, dust mites, pollen and insect venom.

At first a toddler will show only mild signs of allergies. Watch your child's skin and face closely for symptoms. According to information from KidsHealth.org the earliest signs of allergies on a toddler's skin can include slight redness, minor swelling, bumps or hives, and itchiness. These can occur on any part of the body. Another apparent symptom of toddler allergies may include the presence of a stuffy or running nose, itchy or watery eyes, and sneezing.

The best way to put an end to toddler allergies is to prevent your child from coming into contact with allergens. Be sure to keep the child away from anything that you suspect may trigger their allergies.

Here's how you can accomplish this:
Utilize a HEPA-enabled vaccum cleaner to clean your home, as well as a HEPA filter, this way you can eliminate common triggers such as pollen, dust mites and pet dander.

Utilizing a de-humidifier can be in a big help in eliminating mold, as well as methods as simple as just cleaning your bathroom regularly with a hot cloth.

If your child has developed an allergy to pet dander try limiting the rooms in which your pet can enter. Washing your pet on a regular basis also helps to ease the allergies.

If a food allergy is the culprit you will want to carefully read the labels of any foods you feed your child. You'll need to take extra care that no allergy causing foods contaminate food you cook for your child or meals that are ordered while dining out.

When it comes to treating toddler allergies you should never give your child an over-the-counter anti-histamine medication. These medications can harm a toddler's health. Consult an allergist who can prescribe the proper medication to your child.

If your toddler is experiencing signs of an allergy be sure to consult your pediatrician for a diagnosis and possible allergy treatment. Your pediatrician can find the cause of your toddler's allergy symptoms and create a specialized treatment plan along with follow-up care.

Depending on the results, a pediatrician can either prescribe allergy medication or may need to refer you to an allergist for a more specialized treatment plan, which will probably begin with a basic allergy skin or blood test.