A Basic and Incomplete Guide to Baby Allergies

Baby allergies are just as common as adult allergies and the same substances often cause them.  If your baby gets a runny nose and sneezes, this could be a sign of an allergic reaction, as could irritability.  All of these, of course, also could signal a cold as well, which is what sometimes makes baby allergies hard for parents to identify.  However, being aware of the possibility of allergies can sometimes help you piece together clues by when you baby shows symptoms, so that you can properly identify the cause of allergies.

What is an allergy?

Baby allergies, just like our allergies, result when the body mistakes a foreign substance as a negative stimulus and kicks up the body’s defenses to deal with it.  This reaction can be as mild as a sudden sneeze or as intense as the baby’s throat closing up and his skin puffing up.  Allergies to certain substances, like peanuts for example, can be quite serious in some babies, so you want to avoid exposing them to such substances until they are older, just because when they are smaller it is hard to determine how small a dose is safe for them.

Typical Causes of Respiratory Baby Allergies

Several types of baby allergies can manifest in respiratory reactions such as sneezing or a runny nose.  If you have pet, pet dander is a common cause of such conditions.  If it is spring, be aware of tree pollen and all the spores that may be afloat in your area. 

Similarly, any chemical sprays you might be spraying around the home to get rid of odors may also cause baby allergies like sneezing.


What about baby allergies of the skin?

Other typical allergic reactions in babies are those that occur on the surface of the skin.  Your baby might suddenly get patches of red irritated skin.  This is especially common on his bottom, especially after either peeing or pooping, of course. 

Allergic reactions on the skin often have to do with the harsh chemicals in our cleaning products.  If you find your baby experiencing reactions that are widespread over baby’s body, try switching to the hypo-allergic brand of detergent at the supermarket.  In fact, although it is more expensive, you might consider just starting out with the hypo-allergic baby detergent right from the first day that you return home from the hospital rather than switching to it later.

Also, be aware that chemicals you put on your body can also cause allergic reactions in baby.  Therefore, a new perfume or shampoo might also cause your baby to react negatively as might a new shaving cream for dad.  If a reaction occurs, try to play detective and identify the new allergen that has recently been introduced into baby’s life.

Baby’s experiments with new foods can also cause allergic reactions.  If baby has just started a particularly acidic type of juice, like apple juice, this may lead to pee that that is highly acidic as well.  Often this leads to red, raw bottom as well.  A good idea if this is the case, is to limit the amount of that type of juice and to water it down a bit.  Both are good alternatives to just delaying introducing this type of juice.

In addition, many food allergies will also manifest themselves in allergic reactions on baby’s bottom.  If you have just tried a new type of food and are getting a new allergic reaction on the baby’s bottom, this may be a sign that baby is allergic to something in that type of food.  Consider delaying regular use until a later date.

A Warning!

Finally, if you are at all unsure for the safety of your child seek out the help of your physician.  This is especially the case if your child seems to develop labored breathing.  It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your baby’s health.




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