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    Are Allergies in Your Genes?

    Not exactly. If you have allergies, that doesn’t mean your child will for sure have them too. But there is a 50-50 shot. If your spouse is also allergic, your kids’ odds go up to 75%. 

    Still, experts think other factors come into play, like air pollution, respiratory infections -- even diet and your emotions.

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    Lighten Your Child's Allergy Load

    Coughing, sneezing, itching, wheezing -- kids with allergies face a lot of miserable symptoms. And, your child's triggers may change over time. Sudden weather changes also can make symptoms flare. Learn what triggers your child's allergies now, at least, and get serious about avoiding them. These tips can help you improve your child's breathing and quality of life. Learn Your Child's Allergy Triggers Write down what causes your child's symptoms: Dust Pollen Mold,...

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    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on December 05, 2014

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