Are you wondering if your baby has allergies? Too bad your baby can’t just tell you what’s wrong. If you notice allergy symptoms in your baby, always see a doctor first. Once your doctor has diagnosed an allergy, he or she will recommend proper treatment. If you plan to explore other options, notify your doctor so treatment can be monitored. That being said, how can you recognize baby allergies? Here is the answer to that and other questions you might have about your baby’s allergies.
What are some allergy symptoms babies might have?
Babies can be allergic to many different things. If the allergy is from skin contact, look for redness and rashes. This happens most often around areas that come in contact with diapers or clothing. Respiratory allergies such as pet dander and pollen may cause stuffy nose, sneezing or wheezing. Some babies are also allergic to foods. This type of allergy can cause digestive issues or swelling and redness of the face, throat, neck or tongue.
What types of allergies are typical in babies?
More than a few babies are allergic to cows milk. As baby begins to eat regular food, you may notice digestive and topical reactions to other foods as well.
Some babies are allergic to perfumes and dye. These allergies can present both topical and respiratory reactions.
Animal dander is a serious problem for some babies, while others are not bothered by it at all.
If spring or fall brings respiratory reactions in your baby, he or she may have seasonal allergies to different types of pollen.
How do you treat topical allergic reactions in babies?
Your baby may not need allergy medicine for topical reactions, unless the reaction is food related. Avoidance is usually the best natural cure, once your doctor has diagnosed the cause of the allergy. Consider using fragrance-free products on your baby to reduce skin irritation. You doctor may prescribe an ointment, cream or oral medication for serious topical allergy reactions.
How do you treat respiratory allergies in babies?
Your doctor is the best resource for respiratory allergy treatment. In addition, you can use natural treatments to keep baby comfortable. Simple things like clearing sinuses frequently with a nasal aspirator can help tremendously. If your baby is allergic to pets, you may have to put his or her needs first. Find Fido a new home, or limit your baby’s exposure. Some new research suggests allergies can be conquered by limited exposure to the allergen in question.
How do you treat food allergies in babies?
Happily, there are many baby formulas that are free of cows milk, a common allergen. Consult your physician to find the one that’s right for your baby. As for other foods, avoidance or limited exposure is key. If you plan to try the limited exposure method for treating food allergies, do work with your doctor to avoid endangering your child. Certain food allergies can increase in intensity. Some may cause fatal reactions.
Please Note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. These tips are from personal experience with her own children and grandchildren. This article is not meant to replace professional medical advice.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.