Runny noses, rashes, upset tummies, and even crankiness can all be symptoms of baby allergies. Some allergies are hereditary. But specific allergies are not. In this post, we’ll be taking a close look at how to spot the difference between a common ‘baby ailment’ and allergies.
How to spot baby allergies
Telling the difference between a common ailment and an allergy is much easier said than done because the symptoms are very similar. But there are a few ways to tell whether or not your baby is suffering from allergies:
Upper Respiratory Tract – If your baby’s airways have suddenly swollen, it might be something called anaphylaxis. But in the case of a regular cold, there will usually just be nasal discharge and a runny nose and a possible fever.
Lower Respiratory Tract – Babies that have allergies will battle with getting rid of coughs. And in many cases, they might have dry, hacking coughs. Babies that cough and wheeze for a short period of time aren’t usually at risk of developing allergies.
Eyes – Babies with allergies are known to rub their eyes consistently, tear excessively, and have dark circles under their eyes. Eyes that are red and crusted shut in the morning might indicate a viral infection such as conjunctivitis or pinkeye.
Skin – Most newborns are prone to rashes. But these should vanish by the time your baby is two or three months old. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) tends to appear after three months of age and is an allergic rash that looks like red, scaly skin on baby’s cheeks, torso, arms, and legs.
Stomach – Allergic reactions can cause stomach problems such as vomiting, diarrhoea, and gassiness. But these symptoms can also be caused by a viral infection. It’s always best to have your baby checked out by a pediatrician if he’s having tummy troubles.
How to soothe baby allergies and symptoms
Relieving your baby’s allergy symptoms is easier than you might have imagined. And it’s an absolute must-do as it may help prevent recurring allergies. Some treatments include:
- Using a moisturizer for your baby’s skin that contains 1% hydrocortisone if he has eczema or another allergic skin rash
- Making use of oral antihistamines for the relief of inflammation caused by allergic reactions
- Using Zyrtec for the treatment of year-round allergies in infants aged six months and older
- Covering mattresses and pillows with dust mite-proof covers
- Ensuring that your cats and dogs do not sleep in your baby’s room
- Avoiding the use of any feather pillows or bedding
- Switching to hypoallergenic laundry detergent