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When will I be able to tell if my baby has allergies?

When will I be able to tell if my baby has allergies?

2 years and up: Most children need at least 2 years of exposure to environmental allergens before becoming allergic to them, especially in the case of seasonal pollens. Therefore, in regards to environmental allergies causing nasal and ocular symptoms these rarely occur in children less than 2. However, food allergies are different and can occur much earlier. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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How do you tell the difference between having allergies and pinkeye in babies?

How do you tell the difference between having allergies and pinkeye in babies?

Yellow drainage: An infection will result in yellow drainage that can accumulate on the eyelids. Allergies will simply cause an increase in tears. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between allergies and pinkeye in babies?

What can you do to tell the difference between allergies and pinkeye in babies?

Eye doc: There are actually many reasons for red eyes other than pink eye and allergies. Some can be serious. I recommend you take your child to a pediatric ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Do most babies outgrow a milk allergy?

Do most babies outgrow a milk allergy?

It depends: Many babies outgrow a lactose intolerance, but some do not outgrow an allergy to milk proteins. If your baby is on a non-milk formula, your doctor may suggest a trial of a milk-based formula at some stage. Talk with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of infant food allergies?

What are symptoms of infant food allergies?

Many possible ones.: Symptoms of infant food allergies can include poor weight gain, hives, bloody diarrhea, severe eczema, facial/eyelid/tongue/lip/throat swelling, itching, chest tightness, wheeze, vomiting, abdominal pain, rapid pulse, dizziness, low blood pressure, fainting, and/or respiratory or cardiac arrest. Please see your child's doctor or an allergist asap for evaluation if you suspect a food allergy. ...Read more

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Can babies as young as 1 get allergies?

Can babies as young as 1 get allergies?

Certainly: Foods are more common in this age group, particularly dairy and eggs. ...Read more

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When can an infant be checked for allergies?

When can an infant be checked for allergies?

Any Age: If an infant is demonstrating signs/symptoms consistent with an allergic reaction, they can be tested at any age. ...Read more

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Is babyfood really used for finding out allergies for babies?

Is babyfood really used for finding out allergies for babies?

For challenges: It can be used to challenge an infant to see if he is allergic. If you suspect an allergy to a specific food., stop the food and the challenge the baby several weeks later to see the response. ...Read more

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Infant allergy to everything i'm giving her, possible causes of this?

Infant allergy to everything i'm giving her, possible causes of this?

Allergies: I would talk to your doctor about specific symptoms that make you think your child is allergic to everything. Sometimes there are intolerances or other confusing symptoms that may not actually be allergies. If they really are allergies you may need to see an allergist. ...Read more

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My 10 wk son has a corn algy, where can I find info on this allergy? What are the odds of growing out it?Avg age babies grow out of allergies?

WHY??: Why has your very young infant consumed corn products already? I would be interested in how this diagnosis was reached. If it was just a blood test, but he has never actually eaten corn, then i would not put a lot of bricks in that basket. And yes, kids can outgrow grain allergies. If your child actually has allergies at that very young age, you need to work closely with an allergist! ...Read more

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Could anybody have an infant if they have a latex allergy?

Could anybody have an infant if they have a latex allergy?

Yes: Hospitals and physicians are both aware and ready for this possibility. As long as the personnel you encounter are made aware of your specialized needs, latex free products are available to replace the products that would come in contact with your skills. ...Read more

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How are infant food allergies daignosed?

How are infant food allergies daignosed?

Allergy test: We allergists prefer a prick skin test and we do it in the office and it is relatively painless. There are also blood tests, but depending on the lab you go to and the technique they use, some are not that reliable. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of infant food allergies?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of infant food allergies?

Food allergy symptom: In general, there are 3 ways food allergy can present. The most dramatic one that we often refer to is immediate reaction that can cause hives, nausea, vomiting, throat closing and can be life threatening. Other types of food allergy can be more subtle and present chronically like esophagitis, gastroenteritis, colitis (difficulty swallowing, abdo pain, bloody stool...) or eczema. ...Read more

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Can babies develop allergies before they even start teething?

Can babies develop allergies before they even start teething?

Not related: Allergies have nothing to do w teething, and teething has nothing to do with allergies. Please speak to your Pediatric Medical Specialist or consult with a Pediatric Dental Specialist. ...Read more

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How soon can babies be tested for food allergies?

How soon can babies be tested for food allergies?

Food allergies: I would not recommend testing at all! If you choose to do so wait until the child is school age. ...Read more

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How can I handle mild food allergies in my infant?

How can I handle mild food allergies in my infant?

Recognize first...: Based on clinical history and suspicion. Then test correlative to the history. If any positives show up, you should avoid and re-test at frequent intervals to determine if your child has outgrown the allergy. And please do not underestimate food allergies, always carry an epi injector if symptoms are anything beyond eczema flaring. ...Read more

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Allergy testing babies; how old do they need to be?

Allergy testing babies; how old do they need to be?

Any age: Anyone can be tested at any age. This issue is what is being tested for. Typically the very young food allergy or some indoor allergens are suspected as allergens. In an infant only a handful of skin test would be appropriate, . ...Read more

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Can a 2 month old infant have allergies? Seasonal allergies?

Can a 2 month old infant have allergies? Seasonal allergies?

Rarely: Congestion is a normal response of the airway to inhaled dust, fumes, dry heat, pollen, etc. As well as infection. Airway mucous traps debris particles and works to remove them. Vaporizers help thin heavy mucous in some. Avoid cleaning products with heavy odors, perfumes, and smoke and change ac filters often. A particle filter for babys room may also help.Nasal saline as a wash is helpful. ...Read more

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Do babies develop peanut allergies pre or post birth?

Do babies develop peanut allergies pre or post birth?

Possible: If you are breast feeding and the baby is allergic, he or she can be exposed to allergens in the breast milk. The most common reaction would be severe eczema. ...Read more

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What is a mosquito bite allergy remedy or relief for babies?

What is a mosquito bite allergy remedy or relief for babies?

Mosquito bite: For insect bites, you would expect to get a local reaction or swelling at the bite site. Local topical cortisone otc would help at the swelling site. If your child develops systemic symptoms like generalized hives away from the bite site, difficulty breathing or having abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, you should see an allergist to be evaluated because those allergic reactions can be dangerous. ...Read more