Baby Allergies Info
All babies are more or less born healthy. They will all develop diseases, as this is a part of life. Some of the diseases may change into chronic diseases. Baby allergies are not one of them. Treatable and easy to live with, this is not a tricky or hard disease.
It is normal that babies develop allergies. Some babies are oversensitive from the beginning; others develop for instance food sensitivity when they are a year old.
A baby allergy is a negative reaction from the body’s immune system. The reaction can come in different ways: rashes, fever, breathing problems but if can also only be mild symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat or an unusual tiredness.
In a baby, it might be hard to distinguish between a disease and an allergy. Be therefore careful and look for patterns. If you baby gets diarrhea often, then check if you have given him/her cow milk. Not all allergies present themselves immediately, but you might need to spend some time on tracking the source.
Baby allergies are most often the same as food allergies. A young baby is not exposed to many other things and the most regular thing it comes into contact with is food.
Food allergy causes diarrhea or vomiting, but also eczema. Small babies can get allergies from, for example, synthetic and unnatural substances found in certain baby foods. If your baby reacts strongly to the food, than exchange if to something else (or even better, switch to homemade baby food as you will then know exactly what is in it!).
The most common baby allergies concerning food are gluten and lactose. Gluten is found in grain products such as wheat, rye and barley. Babies do then not tolerate any of these items. Symptoms for a gluten allergy include vomiting, weight loss or diarrhea, and a bloated stomach, but also a depressed baby.
Some babies are also sensitive to milk products, and the substance lactose. Symptoms here include swollen stomach, acid indigestion and nausea.
When you suspect your baby to have gluten or lactose intolerance, or any other allergy, you need to seek medical advice. The doctor will then refer you to a nutritionist, who will help you in finding a balanced diet for the baby despite her/his allergies.
Babies may of course also develop pollen allergies. This is common in babies where the parents already have the same allergies. If you see that your baby has difficulties breathing and the eyes and nose are becoming runny, then you should stay indoors and possible even shower, to get all the pollen washed off.