Common Baby Allergies and Ways to Deal with Them
Allergies in babies or in fact in the human body are caused by our immune system’s intolerance against certain substances, to fight against which the body produces antibodies that may cause inflammation of certain glands and tissues in the body. Rashes, cold, runny nose are often signs that are shown when a baby is affected by a certain kind of allergy. But these are mistaken to be signs of common cough and cold and hence they aren’t treated the right way. Untreated allergy often tends to serious diseases in the future like asthma. The infant runs a higher risk of getting allergies when either of the parents or maybe one of them has allergy problems. So watch out for certain symptoms that tell you that your baby maybe affected from allergies of some sort.
One of the first reactions to any kind of allergies is shown on the skin. A rough dry red patch on the skin of your baby is probably a sign of Childhood Eczema your baby maybe suffering from. The skin becomes rough and dry as well as itchy which causes the child, a lot of irritation. But there are ways you can prevent as well as treat it. Childhood eczema is quite common in babies and gets less severe as the child grows up.
Everyone wants their child to be wrapped around a sweet smelling blanket but the fragrances are actually are a major cause of Eczema. Hence adopt fragrance free products.
Before consulting a pediatrician you may want to try some easy ways at home. Bathe your baby in a mild, fragrance free body wash. A bleached bath if the skin condition is severe. And if all of these don’t work then definitely go for blood tests and consult the doctor right away.
Peanuts, eggs, milk, soy shellfish are some common allergens that an infant may have reaction against. Every 4 out of 100 kids develop such allergies from food. Reactions may occur depending in the intensity of it. A few hives around the mouth to more dangerous ones like swelling of lips and tongue or a breathing problem.
It is advisable to avoid certain food items like nuts, eggs and shellfish if the child has already shown Eczema problems or if there may exist a family history of allergy problems. Take your time to introduce these foods. Breastfeeding is a good prevention against allergies. Breast milk nourishes the body that helps boost the immunity of the child. So, make sure you breastfeed your child up until he is a year old.
For serious problems related to food allergies make sure you visit your pediatric allergist, get allergy tests done on your baby and eliminate the food items from your baby’s diet that cause such allergies.
Red itchy eyes, a constant runny nose and persistent nose wiping action of the baby may indicate a nasal allergy in the baby. Nearly 40% of kids are affected by nasal allergies. There are many allergens that cause them, found in household like dust mites, molds, cockroaches or pollen in the air outside. Recognizing nasal allergy causes can be tricky as one has to carefully watch the baby and what is causing the reactions.
The only way to avoid such kinds of allergies in your baby is to make sure your house is allergen free. Dry your damp towels and clothes, use a high power vacuum cleaner to get rid of the cat hair on the carpets. Get your carpets cleaned every month. A clean dust free environment is the only way of prevention of nasal allergies.
Avoid pets if you see your child is allergic to them. Or maybe create a pet free zone in the house, bar your pet to enter the baby’s room. Make sure you keep the house clean. Move to a pollen free city if that’s the issue in question. And if such measures don’t work consulting a pediatrician is the only way as he is the right person to prescribe the right medicine for your child.