While we all hope that our babies are completely perfect in every way, the truth is that no one's perfect. Many babies today suffer from some type of allergy, and there are a lot of things moms need to watch out for. The interesting thing about allergies is that most of the time, they can pop up at any age. Even though baby might have eaten peanuts or worn wool before without any incident occuring, that doesn't mean these things can't cause allergic reaction in the future. Being careful with foods, materials, and other environmental factors can often seem like a minefield, and it's tough to keep an eye on everything.
Allergies can also be pretty counter-intuitive at times. For example, allergies can actually spark up if you don't feed your babies certain foods. In addition, certain allergies can flare up when you give your child too much of a certain food. Confusing, right? All one can do as a mother is simply keep a look out for the various symptoms of an allergic reaction, and know when it's time to take a trip to the doctor. Many of these symptoms are exactly the same, no matter what baby is allergic to. That's why it's always a good idea to visit a doctor, get professional advice, and perhaps get the baby tested to find out exactly what's causing the allergic reaction.
While babies undoubtedly require milk for sustenance, our little ones can actually develop allergies to this dairy product. The most common early sign of a milk allergy is a bad reaction to formula. If your baby has vomited formula, it could be a sign that there's an allergy starting to form. Dairy allergies are most likely a result of cow's milk mixed into the formula. This is pretty hard to avoid, as some formulas use cow's milk as a base. If your baby continues to vomit after consuming formula, it may be a good idea to get your little one tested by a doctor. They may need to switch to a hypoallergenic formula.
Eggs are some of the most nutritious foods out there, and most moms give their babies egg-based foods as soon as they're ready. Packed with protein and nutrients, they're always a great choice. That is, unless your baby is allergic to eggs. This is another common food allergy in babies, and it can result in some pretty worrisome reactions. According to care.com, food allergies in babies can result in vomiting, rashes, hives, swelling, or worse. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell whether certain products contain egg, so make sure to read the labels. For example, did you know that some flu shots contain egg?
Everyone these days knows about peanut allergies, and most schools and childcare centers have a strict no peanut policy because of the prevalence of peanut allergies in today's world. A peanut allergy can be pretty serious, and it actually tends to stay with a baby for life. Somewhat counter-intuitively, introducing peanuts sooner at a young age could actually decrease the chance of developing an allergy in later life. A peanut allergy can actually cause something called Anaphylaxis, which has symptoms such as paleness, clammy skin, and dizziness. Peanut allergies definitely aren't fun, and all moms should be on the lookout for signs of this ailment.
17 Tree Nuts
Wait a second, we already mentioned peanuts. So why are we giving tree nuts a completely different section? As many of our readers are no doubt aware, peanuts are not actually nuts. They're actually a type of legume, and tree nuts are considered the "real" nuts. A baby can have a peanut allergy, while being completely safe with tree nuts, and vice versa. Interestingly, studies have shown that a mom who eats tree nuts while pregnant could lower the chances of her baby developing the allergy, according to an article published by thebump.com. As with many of the food allergies we've discussed, symptoms include dizziness, rashes, hives, and many other signs.
A fish allergy is also quite common in today's age, and kids with this allergy will have to forgo the majority of seafood dishes. Interestingly enough, a child may be allergic to some fish, but not others. And as you'll soon find out, shellfish can be a completely different allergy. That being said, kids can be allergic to all seafood. When a baby with a fish allergy ingests fish, their body's immune system starts trying to fight off the proteins in the fish. This can lead to a variety of different symptoms, such as belly pain, diarrhea, and many others. Fish is one of those ingredients that can pop up when you least expect it, so be sure to read the labels.
While shellfish might be related to fish, they are a completely different type of animal. And as such, they represent a unique allergy that some babies develop. Examples of shellfish would be lobsters, clams, crabs, and many other examples. To make it even more confusing, shellfish are further divided into two types - mollusks and crustaceans. Mollusks are things like mussels and oysters, whereas crustaceans are things like shrimp and lobster. Some babies can be allergic to only mollusks or crustaceans, whereas other babies are allergic to both. An allergic reaction to shellfish is very similar to a fish allergy, and it could result in hives, rashes, and many other signs.
Soy is one of the most common allergies for babies to have, and they're becoming more and more prevalent. This is because soy is constantly used in processed food, including many of the ones your baby may be consuming. This food comes from soybeans, and is starting to pop up the ingredients of so many different foods. This includes some baby formulas, which can pose a bit of an issue for young children. These allergic reactions usually surface in children under the age of 3. But the good news is that by the age of ten, most children grow out of this allergy. Soy can cause all sorts of different allergic reactions, such as hoarseness, itchy eyes, and many others.
Wheat is another common allergy for a baby to have, and this is definitely a focus for a lot of moms in 2018. But the funny thing about wheat allergies is that they're often confused with other types of allergies. These allergies include a gluten allergy and celiac disease. But wheat allergy is completely different, for a few key reasons. With wheat allergies, your baby's immune system is identifying wheat proteins as bad, so it causes an allergic reaction. Hives, swelling, itching, and other symptoms are all signs of a wheat allergic reaction. One thing to take into account is the fact that babies can get an allergic reaction just by inhaling wheat substances.
12 Wool And Latex Clothing
Most people assume that allergies can only come from what we feed our babies, but that just isn't the case. The truth is that all kinds of different environmental factors can cause allergies, including the materials our babies come into contact with. Moms should be very careful about the fabrics they choose for their baby's clothing, as some can cause allergic reactions. One of the most common allergic reactions of this type is a wool allergy. A baby might get red welts, swelling, congestion, or a wide range of other symptoms after coming into contact with wool. Other materials, such as polyester, might produce similar effects.
11 Certain Plants
We all know that poison ivy is something we should avoid, but sometimes we just can't help but brush up against this troublesome plant. Babies definitely hard to control at times, and sometimes moms just can't pull them away from poison ivy in time. If you find red, blistering rashes on your baby that form in lines or streaks, your little one might've come into contact with poison ivy. Alternatively, it might be caused by poison oak, or poison sumac plant. All three plants produce urushiol, an oil that causes the allergic reaction. 85% of people are allergic to this plant product, and that means that moms have to keep a look out. But here's the good news - it's not contagious.
10 Dust Mites
Your baby might appear to have an allergic reaction to dust, but that's really only half the story. The thing that is causing the reaction is actually the presence of dust mites within the dust, and this is definitely something to keep an eye out for. Dust mites feed on dead skin, and they might be more prevalent in dry climates. If your baby is developing a dust mite allergy, they probably show symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, and perhaps dark circles around the eyes. And there might just be a skin rash to accompany these allergic reactions. One option to minimize the presence of dust mites would be to use plastic coverings for bedding and pillows.
9 Hay Fever
When your baby gets hay fever, it might just appear like a common cold. That's what makes this allergy so tricky to spot, and it's definitely a challenge for all moms out there. As many of our readers are no doubt aware, hay fever is caused by the presence of pollen in the air. This pollen affects mostly the nose, causing sneezing and and a runny nose. The most obvious sign is (you guessed it) sneezing. While hay fever isn't much fun, it's only really a threat in certain months of the year. You can easily reduce your baby's exposure to pollen by avoiding things like freshly mowed grass. One of the strangest things about hay fever is that it can manifest at any age.
8 Cats and Dogs
Aside from our babies, our pets might just be the most beloved members of our household. But unfortunately, pets can cause significant allergic reactions in our little ones. Contrary to popular belief, fur itself cannot cause allergic reactions. But fur can trap things that can, such as dander, skin flakes, saliva, or even urine and feces. All of these things can cause an allergic reaction in our babies, and it's something to look out for. Coming into contact with these particles might cause wheezing, coughing, sneezing, or many other symptoms. Interestingly, your baby's allergic reaction won't stop if you remove your pet from the room or even the entire house. In order to get rid of the allergy, you may need to remove all traces of the pet from your home.
7 Certain Laundry Detergents
You've probably seen the wide range of laundry detergents today that promise not to cause allergic reactions in your baby. These products are becoming more and more common because mothers are becoming more and more concerned. It's actually quite a common allergic reaction for babies to have, and it can cause a number of reactions. The first reaction is irritation, which occurs immediately after coming into contact with the fabric. The second is contact dermatitis, which can actual cause redness and rashes for over a week. Switching to a hypoallergenic detergent can help moms avoid these problems altogether. In addition, you might consider using dye-free, fragrance-free fabric softeners.
This is something that goes without saying, but it's also worth mentioning. Smoke doesn't cause allergies per say, but it can trigger existing ones. Allergic asthma is something which affects many children today, and it's the most common type of asthma. The symptoms of this ailment rapidly increase when babies come into contact with things like pollen, dust and smoke. In addition, there is the entire notion of second hand smoke to consider. Smoking around babies is definitely not a good idea, and it can cause some serious problems. But allergies can also be triggered by smoke caused from cooking, fireworks, incense, and many other factors.
Also known as a fragrance allergy, perfume can cause serious allergic reactions in our young ones. Fragrance allergies are more common than you might think, and they're also hard to avoid. You'd be surprised how many common items include some type of fragrance, and eliminating them from your house can be nearly impossible. Somewhat surprisingly, fragrances can actually cause contact dermatitis, creating rashes, itchiness, and redness. If you think your baby might have developed a fragrance allergy, then you might consider taking a trip to the doctor, where tests can be done to confirm that's the case. In any case, fragrances are not only becoming more common in various products, they're also more likely to contain more chemicals.
4 Certain Fruits
Honestly, this type of allergy isn't very common at all. But it's definitely still something to be aware of. Fruit allergies are rare, although certain types of fruit are more likely to cause an allergic reaction than others. Kiwi fruits seem to be the biggest offenders, but even this is still pretty rare. After consuming a Kiwi fruit, your baby may develop a rash, exhibit redness or swelling, or suffer from itchy skin. If this happens, be sure to visit a doctor and have your child tested to confirm the root of the allergy. In addition, certain fruits might actually exacerbate things like eczema, because of their rough texture on the skin.
We all know that protecting our young ones against the rays of the sun is essential. But as some moms have found out the hard way, some babies might have allergic reactions to sunscreen. This could depend on many factors, including the baby's own allergies, and the ingredients within the sunscreen. Even sunscreen marketed specifically towards young children can result in serious allergic reactions. Obviously, this type of allergic reaction affects the skin, and the symptoms can be quite serious. Blisters, redness, and rashes can occur in babies with this type of allergy. This allergy is called a "photoallergy" which occurs when certain chemicals react with sunlight.
Penicillin is a type of medicine that changed the medical world forever, and made many ailments a thing of the past. Unfortunately, some babies are allergic to Penicillin, and this can cause some potentially major issues for moms. Although Penicillin allergies are the most common of all medicine allergies, the vast majority of young children will not react seriously, according to verywellhealth.com. The thing the watch out for is skin rashes, blotches, and redness. But a rare minority of children actually react much more seriously to Penicillin, so that's also something to look out for. The medical term for this allergic reaction is called Erythema multiforme.
Also known as a mold allergy, this is another very common problem with our young ones. Breathing in mold is always a bad idea, but babies can sometimes overreact to this toxin in the air. While common, mold allergies are quite serious, and they have been linked to things like asthma. It's best to immediately cease exposure to the source of the mold, which can be tricky if you don't know where it's coming from. Coughing, itchy eyes, and dry, scaly skin are just a few of the symptoms that could be caused by a mold allergy, according to the Mayo Clinic. Mold can exist both inside and out of the house, so these allergies can spark up even if your house is very clean.