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Caring for your baby: Allergies in Infants – Signs, Triggers and Care

Yvonne Williams

Being a mom can be pretty challenging and as a first time mom, tons of challenges arise no doubt. Each child is unique and understanding their needs can be really demanding and mind juggling especially because babies haven’t quite gotten their speech figured out just yet, so just how are you expected to know what’s best to keep your baby lively and healthy? Knowledge! Equip yourself with warning signs which can pose as threats to your child’s comfort and your motherhood journey will definitely be a whole lot smoother.

Caring for your baby: Allergies in Infants – Signs, Triggers and Care

Today we’ll be taking a look at allergies in children, the triggers, symptoms and possible methods of prevention. First of all we’ve got to understand what an allergy is: An allergy is described as “an immune reaction to a substance in the environment called an allergen.” So how does an allergic reaction occur in children? – When children come in contact with an allergen (food, drugs, insects etc ) within their immediate environment either through: consumption, inhaling or even physical contact, the body, unreceptive reacts instantly by producing a chemical (histamines) to ward off the “harmful” intruder.

Caring for your baby: Allergies in Infants – Signs, Triggers and Care

However, this shield (histamines) tend to irritate the child’s body causing allergies either – runny nose, sneezing, itching or coughing, to skin problems like eczema. It should be noted that the symptoms can be mild or more severe depending on the level of exposure to the allergen. Severe allergy may result in difficulty in breathing, intestinal complications or swelling which can be life threatening.

However in children (under one year) food allergies are the most common and it is often triggered by the stoppage of breast milk for the introduction of solid foods. Common foods which babies tend to embrace negatively are: Milk, eggs, fish, nuts, soy and wheat.

Caring for your baby: Allergies in Infants – Signs, Triggers and Care

Milk allergy occurs when the child’s body mistakenly views the milk protein as a threat which it must wad off. This takes effect instantly as the child tends to become uncomfortable and irritable, leading to stomach upsets and other symptoms.  Notably, children who are breastfed stand lower risks of developing milk allergy that their counterparts.

In most cases, from age 3 -5, children tend to outgrow a milk allergy however, this isn’t always the case.

Best method of treating allergies in kids?

Avoidance: Try as much as possible to eliminate triggers from the child’s environment, upon noticing that your child is allergic to a particular food, ensure you discontinue and look for alternative routes.

Caring for your baby: Allergies in Infants – Signs, Triggers and Care

Tips for verifying your child has allergy and not cold:

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does it seem like your child always has a cold? Colds usually wind down in a week to 10 days; allergies don’t.
  • Is your child’s nose continually stuffy or running?
  • Is your child constantly wiggling, wiping, or pushing her nose up in what doctors call the allergic salute?
  • Is the mucus that drains from her nose clear and thin (as opposed to yellow or greenish and thick)?
  • Does she seem to sneeze a lot?
  • Are her eyes itchy, red, and watery?
  • Does the skin under her eyes look dark or purple or blue – what doctors call allergic shiners?
  • Does she breathe through her mouth?
  • Does she have a persistent dry cough?
  • Is her skin irritated or broken out in an itchy red rash?

Ensure you verify with these tips and if you’re not sure and the case appears severe, do contact a trust worthy medical personnel immediately.

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