By Julieane Hernandez
But no matter how you do your best to protect babies, they will still be prone to a variety of sickness that serve to strengthen their immune system from future attacks. This is why they still need medicine for headache and fever from time to time.
One of the ailments that could trouble your bundle of joy are allergies. An allergy is a hypersensitive bodily reaction to normal irritants, signaling a dysfunction of the immune system. It could be triggered by food, animal fur, and even pollen!
But how can you tell if your baby has allergies? In this article, we’ll look at the 6 signs of this human hypersensitivity disorder.
1. Constant sniffles
If your infant regularly contracts the sniffles, especially in the morning, it could be a sign of allergic rhinitis, caused by allergens in the air during certain seasons or even those inside the house.
Allergens can be a bother to a point that it wakes up babies in the middle of the night, called micro-arousals. This can cause babies to be surprisingly grouchier because of the lack of sleep. You might even awaken to your infant’s cries or coughing episodes in the wee small hours.
3. Itchiness in the eyes
Do your little tots frequently rub their eyes to the point it turns red? Do you catch them frequently balling their hands into fists and scratching their eyes out? Itchiness there is a major indication of an allergic reaction, while red, unscratched eyes is a possible sign of a fever.
4. Clear phlegm
A phlegm-filled nose and throat is another indication of an allergic reaction. The color won’t be any hue of green or yellow, for that matter. Phlegm-induced allergic spells are clear in color. In relation to their viscosity, the clear phlegm is thin, instead of thick like the yellow/green colored ones.
5. Breathing difficulty/breathing through the mouth
The fifth sign almost always goes hand-in-hand with the first. If a baby’s nose is clogged, he/she will definitely have a struggled breathing. What happens then is that an infant will be forced to breathe heavily through the mouth instead.
6. Rashes and swelling
Sometimes, children will contract rashes and possible swelling of a certain body party when near an allergen. Normal rashes look like red pockmarks on the skin. But if they are accompanied by swelling, then the rash is a definite sign of an allergic reaction.
To avoid this unwanted scenario from happening, get your child immediately tested for allergies before they even happen. This involves skin and blood work to determine what will set off one’s bodily reaction when faced with an allergen. Once the results are you, you’ll know what specific food, substances, or environments to avoid so that your baby doesn’t suffer from an allergic reaction.
And that ends our article. To recap, some of the signs a baby has allergies are constant sniffles, crankiness, itchiness in the eyes, clear phlegm, breathing difficulty, rashes and swelling on a certain body part. We hope you learned something new today.
Have you successfully averted any of these reactions with your infants? Do you know of any more signs that your baby suffers from allergies? If you have any more information regarding the above questions, let us know in the comments section below.
– Julieane Hernandez is a freelance writer and a hotel and restaurant management graduate turned designer. She’s an advanced tri-athlete during weekends. She’s been in the industry for about 6 years now and She’s learned so much from all the experiences she’s been through. Follow her on twitter and google+