Because diagnosis is so difficult, watching your newborn suffer through allergies is heartbreaking. Some allergies, in particularly nasal allergies, aren’t caught until early childhood. Often, these infant allergy symptoms are mistaken for fever, a cold, or daycare germs. Do not fret; parents can take preemptive measures.
Be aware of what causes reactions. Different foods, drugs, pollens, mites, mold, and animal dander vary in their seasonal exposure and intensity (pollen is only present for part of the year, while hay fever is unlikely to appear in infants). Toddlers are at more risk of nasal allergies, all the more worse when the allergies are attributed to respiratory sickness. Parents should take precautions against respiratory allergies, as they are linked to other conditions, like eczema, asthma, sinus infections, and ear infections. Since blood tests do not work well for children under 3, it’s important that allergens are removed from the infant’s environment deductively.
Understanding your family’s genetic history is also valuable. If you or your partner are prone to cat allergies, chances are your baby will be as well. More specialized allergies, like penicillin allergies, are not likely to appear in your infant, even if you possess them. Once you hypothesize what the real culprit is, there are a number of possible steps to be taken. If dust mites are the problem, cover crib or bed mattresses with protective sheets, and remove all stuffed animals from the room. Dust is an ever-present liability; remove rugs, drapes, any unnecessary dust-collecting clutter, and use HEPA-filtered vacuums and wet rags for cleaning. Consider removing pets due to dander allergies, and eliminate cleaners and tobacco smoke when it comes to nasal irritants.
If trouble continues, many medications and allergy shots are available for youngsters. Allergies change over time as well, sometimes for the worse, but many times for the best through total, natural elimination—just take your child to a doctor every 6-12 months. As long as parents provide the love and care needed to help, the road remains bright and hopeful.