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Could you please explain baby allergies to me? If my husband and I don't have any allergies, how could my baby get them?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Don't assume allergy

If i blow pepper in your face, you sneeze & drain the same as those with allergy.
I find babies have more congestion with scented cleaning products, perfume, smoke & other irritants than they do with animal dander or pollens. The tiny nasal passages that become very noisy with a little mucous or swelling gives many the wrong idea. Thease are not little copies of adult problems, their issues differ.

In brief: Don't assume allergy

If i blow pepper in your face, you sneeze & drain the same as those with allergy.
I find babies have more congestion with scented cleaning products, perfume, smoke & other irritants than they do with animal dander or pollens. The tiny nasal passages that become very noisy with a little mucous or swelling gives many the wrong idea. Thease are not little copies of adult problems, their issues differ.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not passed down

Everyone is unique in how they respond to various allegens, viruses, bacteria, etc.
Each persons immune system is slightly different and perceives some things as harmful and other things as not harmful. Allegies are not passed down from one generation to another.

In brief: Not passed down

Everyone is unique in how they respond to various allegens, viruses, bacteria, etc.
Each persons immune system is slightly different and perceives some things as harmful and other things as not harmful. Allegies are not passed down from one generation to another.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: Immaturity

Baby's immune system is developing.
Many occurrences that are deemed "allergy" such as to foods, eg, are really intolerances at that particular age & are "outgrown" as baby develops. True allergies in babies involve three systems: respiratory, gastrointestinal, & skin. Even when all 3 systems are involved, it can be developmental. Allergies are definitely heritable, reliably diagnosed after 5 yo.

In brief: Immaturity

Baby's immune system is developing.
Many occurrences that are deemed "allergy" such as to foods, eg, are really intolerances at that particular age & are "outgrown" as baby develops. True allergies in babies involve three systems: respiratory, gastrointestinal, & skin. Even when all 3 systems are involved, it can be developmental. Allergies are definitely heritable, reliably diagnosed after 5 yo.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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