External allergies are substances that cause an allergic reaction on the skin or in the respiratory tract. These substances are not generally harmful in and of themselves, but in sensitive individuals, things like dust or pet dander can send them into an allergic state. Babies, with their sensitive skin and developing immune systems, can also experience allergies.
Substances that are touched or inhaled cause reactions in areas of the body such as the skin, throat, lungs, eyes, ears, and/or nose. So basically, external allergies involve the skin and respiratory tract.
What are babies allergic to, and what are the symptoms? Babies can be allergic to the very things adults are… they also may be allergic to substances that the adults around them are not, making the allergies easy to overlook.
Let’s take a look at some of the allergies that can affect a baby.
Pollen allergies can affect babies with cold-like symptoms. Experts note that colds in babies generally produce cloudy or yellow mucous discharge that clears up in a week or so. But allergies go on longer and the nasal discharge tends to be clear and thin. Of course, a big indicator is the time of year – spring and fall and big allergy seasons.
Pet allergies are often not considered by parents if they themselves are not allergic to their “fur babies.” But the truth is, babies of all ages can be allergic to pets (including birds). If your baby seems to “keep a cold” and you have pets, it may be the dog, cat, bird, guinea pig, rabbit, etc. who is the culprit. Pet allergies can also cause red, teary eyes, hives, and wheezing.
3. Laundry Soap
Washing powder and laundry soap can cause allergic reactions on baby’s skin, such as rashes, redness, and swelling. Even if the detergent is “what you’ve always used,” it’s worth considering as a possible cause of skin allergies.
Second-hand smoke has been shown time and time again to harm babies’ respiratory systems. In fact, smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc. may be beyond just an “allergy” and do real damage. Still, if you or someone in your household smokes and your baby is showing signs of respiratory discomfort or distress, it just may be the smoke.
Dust – or more correctly, dust mites – can cause a host of allergic symptoms, such as:
Dust can be in carpets, pillows, bedding, stuffed animals… it’s hard to eradicate, but there are measures you can take to lessen baby’s contact with this common allergen.
Allergy Friendly Food for Families
In today’s society, it seems that more and more kids are affected by allergies, particularly food ones. As a parent, it can be frustrating to find foods that they enjoy and will eat. Look no further than this book by the editors of Kiwi Magazine, “Allergy-Friendly Food for Families.”
It could be peanuts, eggs, shellfish or gluten. Allergies abound and kids are often the ones affected. Use this book to create a collection of recipes for meals, snacks and desserts kids and other family members will enjoy. Eating at home doesn’t have to become a bland affair once you discover a child with a food allergy. Prepare only one meal each for breakfast, lunch and dinner that has flavor.
Busy families can turn to this book to create quick snacks and meals that conform to allergy guidelines. These recipes also work for those who are looking for organic and natural options for their children. Make sure to check each recipe to be sure it is free from the specific allergen that you want to avoid.
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