Allergies & Asthma

Questions and support from parents of children with skin allergies, asthma, food allergies or other reactive conditions.

Peanut butter

I have not introduced peanut butter to my 14 month old because he’s allergic to eggs and dairy and has really bad dry skin/eczema and I’ve been so worried about trying it. I on the other hand feel horrible because his pediatrician keeps telling me at every appointment to do it. Has anyone else introduced it late and no allergy or am I setting him up for a peanut allergy? Side note, he is breast... More

  • Lara
    Mar 12

    I did the same thing as Julie when my son was 9mos. It definitely put my mind at ease to know I was right there at the pediatrician’s office in case he had a reaction.

  • April
    Mar 14

    I have a baby who started food allergies at 5 months from formula in his rice cereal, I hear your concern. He is anaphylactic to tree nuts, eggs, dairy and has over 5 other sensitives too other food. You can try a spot test where you put the peanut butter on the baby’s skin and cover it and if he gets bumps or angry skin you your know he could have problems. My baby 23 months now if he touches ... More

Cows milk allergy and sleeplessness?

I found a study that was done in the UK that linked a cows milk allergy to unexplained sleeplessness in babies. I am trying it with my 17 month old to see if it helps because she currently wakes up anywhere from 5-13 times a night. Has anyone had success with this? Any tips on other foods or drinks to use for substitute or to stay away from? Thank you!

  • Angelica
    Feb 25

    My pediatrician said almond milk and soy milk were fine if you want to avoid dairy but that you would need to give your child a vitamin. If you think your child has a dairy allergy, I would talk to your pediatrician. It seems she is waking up a lot for that age. I would also mention how often she is waking up to your pediatrician. Are you going to get her every time she seems to wake up or ma... More

  • Kelly
    Feb 25

    Agree with the above. Doctors can test for food allergies. I wouldn’t eliminate milk w/o some additional testing or a consult with the pediatrician. That is a lot of wake ups for a child that age. Has she always had this issue or is it new? Has anything changed in her sleep environment (new room/new bed/ or has she experienced a significant life change (sibling/school/etc), that could be the ro... More

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Feb 20

Big rash?

I call his doc and explain best I could on this rash. They think it’s his eczema. So they said if it spreads come in if not it’s that. Give him 1.5 Benadryl and rub Vaseline all over him..... idk this seem so much. Has anybody eczema gotten this bad. He’s only 17 months...... it’s also on his chest area.

  • Amy
    Feb 22

    Both my 1 year LO and husband have eczema. I’ve switched to having him use baby versions of lotion since the skin deep rating on ewg.org is 1 or 2. We use aveeno baby for him. For LO, we use cetaphil with calendula throughout the day and Earth mama with lavender at night. We bath her every other day and also use wool dryer balls when drying her clothes. My husband’s eczema flairs up in cold wea... More

  • Amy
    Feb 22

    Our pediatrician also prescribed us triamcinolone acetonide ointment 0.1% which works for our LO.

When can you give your kid peanut butter?

  • Sarah
    Feb 17

    Babies should not consume any foods, until at least 6 months (their guts are literally not ready to handle foods until 6 mos), after that they can eat whatever you eat. Check out Baby Led Weaning, the best thing ever!!

  • Jenn
    Feb 21

    ASAP. I waited until her 9mo visit and did it an hour before the appt in case of a reaction. Pediatrician said any reaction will happen within 2 hours of eating.

2 year old allergic to dairy

My almost 2 year old has a milk protein allergy. We have been giving him a hypoallergenic formula since I stopped breastfeeding when he turned 1. We want to switch him to another milk. We tried hemp milk but he wouldn’t drink it. He can’t do any nut milk since he’s allergic to nuts. He’s also slightly allergic to peas so i don’t want to do Ripple. What do you think the healthiest Milk alternati... More

  • B
    Feb 11

    Oops. Sorry. My allergist gives us advice on what do give. Can you do soy? Or...why do a milk substitute at all?

  • Amanda
    Feb 13

    My son has a soy intolerance and a tree nut allergy and my husband has a milk protein allergy. We use oat milk a lot in our house. Both hubby and tot prefer Oatly original brand to silk. I mostly use it to make dishes like stroganoff and Alfredo that typically have a dairy factor or when they want cereal. I'm not sure it's 100% best alternative but it works for my family.

Hives

My son has been having hives for 4 days now. I can’t seem to figure out why he’s getting them. Has never had an allergic reaction before. They come and go in different areas of the body. I feel like I just look at him and he gets them. He’s being really sensitive, any tips to help treat them?? He is taking Benadryl.

  • Stacey
    Feb 01

    Does he have eczema? The cold, dry air really effects my daughter’s skin and she’ll get random hives that are very itchy, especially at night. The itchiness usually starts first then the hives come. Zyrtec is what we give her (dr recommended) and it usually gives relief within 20 minutes.

  • Jessica
    Feb 01

    Thank you everyone I will look into Zyrtec .... yesterday he was really bad , I just don’t understand what is causing it and why they don’t go away

Toddler has ezcema on her cheeks, anybody else? How do u treat it?

She also gets mrsa recurrent infections in summer especially but cold weather seems to make ezcema worse too. How do you deal with that? Dr didnt seem concerned about the ezcema part but i now can see it is all related. We do bleach baths twice a week and take probiotics. Her infections have stopped since then but ezcema flare ups on her cheeks are ln the rise now.

  • Courtney
    Jan 30

    My 15 month old has eczema and we were using a cream we got prescribed. It was doing the trick until the cold reeeeally set in in New England. Doc suggested Vaseline so we’ll see 🤷🏼‍♀️ good luck!

  • Alexza
    Jan 31

    My daughter who is now 5 years old has severe eczema every since she was a baby. The daughter would prescribe an ointment whenever she has a “flare up”. But once it goes away, or its winter here in the north we put Vaseline and lotion. I use Vermont Original Bag Balm and Cerave Baby Moisturizing lotion. Her dermatologist recommend Cerave baby and as for the Vaseline I did some research and s... More

Asthma in a baby

Does anyone have any experience getting their baby diagnosed with asthma? They will only say he has asthmatic tendencies. He barely sleeps and has a really hard time breathing. His inhaler doesn't really work anymore. I don't know what else to do to help him.

  • Dena
    Jan 18

    Im calling around to different pediatricians now. I'm gonna try to find a new one

  • Anonymous
    Feb 02

    Also think about whether you want to see a pediatric pulmonologist

Sensitive face

Any advice on how to deal with red splotches on babes face?

  • Mama
    Jan 13

    You guys rock! Thank you so much. I still have Lanolin. And I’ll remember the rest just in case that doesn’t work. I keep forgetting the dry winter winds/air are going to be tough on her.

  • A
    Jan 13

    Have you tried coconut oil? I use to use it for everything as a lotion and in my own hair. I’ve used it on my niece she gets chapped around her face sometimes and it seems to help

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Dec 27

Experience with Budesonide?

My 2 year old has just started Budesonide via a nebulizer. Backstory (long sorry): last year in November he was hospitalized with just a really bad cold. He ended up being intubated for about 3 weeks. It was terrible. He was fine over the summer but I noticed in Late September he had a pretty consistently runny nose and light cough. He didn’t seem to have a cold though. Went to an asthma... More

  • Rachel
    Dec 27

    I totally and utterly feel your pain. And for that, I am so sorry that you have to go through this. I have experienced this with both of my boys - ages 10 and 3. My eldest was the worst of the experiences. Primarily, due to the fact that I was a new mother, caring for a baby (babies) diagnosed with RSV, and I had absolutely no clue what I was in for - nor could I recognize it; which was half... More

  • Jenn
    Dec 27

    We went through this with our daughter starting at age 1. She would have bad colds and they would all result in wheezing episodes. After a scary ER visit her doctor finally started her on a daily regimen of arbuterol and budesonide along with daily doses of Children’s Zyrtec. They diagnosed her with reactive airways. We had to do this regimen for almost 2 years. Then they had us cut down to jus... More

Allergy relief?

My one year old broke out in hives because I gave her orange juice for the first time the night before last I’ve given her Benadryl twice one last night and one this afternoon plus oatmeal bathing her symptoms are the same is this normal?

  • Jennifer
    Dec 18, 2018

    From my own experience allergy symptoms tend to fade after a dose or two of Benadryl. Hives will last longer if she rubs/scratches tough. Swelling, itchy eyes and other symptoms should be gone by now. Have the doctor look if hives are not fading. Some of mine left a scar.

2 year old with allergies! Singulair?

So my 2 year old has been on Zyrtec since September and it’s helped a ton. Fast forward to November 15th and he got a bad cold. All the symptoms have subsided and he’s in good spirits but the cough is still lingering and our allergist (who hasn’t ruled out asthma) prescribed Singulair. Anyone have any luck with it? Last year he was hospitalized and intubated due to a really bad respiratory i... More

  • Sarah
    Dec 13, 2018

    Thanks! What daily allergy med is your son on? Fall is right when his cough started too! I always associated allergies with Spring. I’m thankful for Zyrtec! Last year was rough before we started!

  • Aida
    Dec 13, 2018

    He’s on the children’s Claritin chewable.

Eczema

I have a 3 year old who has always had some eczema issues since he was born. It comes and goes with the severity of it. But today it is the worse I have ever seen it and we haven’t even hit winter yet 😞. It is really bad on his butt and lower legs (almost looks like hives). We use lotions daily and desonide that a dermatologist gave us when he was really young. Does anyone else have any kiddos... More

  • Ivana
    Dec 15, 2018

    Egyptian magic worked wonders for our daughter. Whole Foods or amazon has it

  • kat
    Dec 15, 2018

    all 3 of my kids had it as a baby .. hydrocortisone on spots and coated them in vaseline worked great .. also my dr told me eggs brings out eczema

Reintroducing food

My son ate apples (at 5.5 months) one time and broke out in a rash on his upper body and really red cheeks. I told the pediatrician and he told me to reintroduce apples to him again soon. Has anyone done this with a food baby was allergic to? How long should I wait? He will be 7 months old tomorrow.

  • Julie
    Dec 05, 2018

    My sister had the same reaction 37 years ago when my mom gave her applesauce for the first time! I grew up on a farm and we had an apple orchard there that’s never seen a pesticide so in her case it was the apples themselves. At the time the pediatrician told my mom to try again in a month. She did and still saw the same reaction. She waited 6 more weeks and my sister was fine:).

  • Amanda
    Dec 05, 2018

    The same thing happened to my son when we first introduced him to apples. After a while it stopped happening. I think it's because of the acid in the apples. It seems common to me so don't worry. 😊

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Nov 27, 2018

I think my 3 month old has bad allergies

My 3 month old daughter has slept through the night since she was 2 months. But now she’s waking up almost every 2 hours and she cries out and rubs her nose on my chest like it itches, plus I can hear that she’s stuffy when she breathes. Plus her eyes look red, I’ve cleared her nose out multiple times and I have put baby vix on her feet, it helps a little. But I hate seeing her miserable. What ... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 27, 2018

    She may have an ear infection. My 7 month baby did all of those things but was also grabbing at his one ear some, mind he is 4 months older. It is very common for babies to get ear infections during season changes and colder months. Humidifier helped me and I did bath time with my babe for 20-30 minutes with the shower curtain pulled closed so it would steam up and he could get moisture in hi... More

  • Christa
    Nov 28, 2018

    Very possible she’s starting to teeth, but it could be an ear or sinus infection. But I second the humidifier, I run mine all night long and all day long. I keep the air really moist- and out in our living room I have a tea pot on low most of the day too- to keep the air moist too. But we live in a super dry climate too!

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Nov 22, 2018

Asthma?

My son breathing weird at night when he’s asleep. I can’t help but to think he may have asthma.

  • Elle
    Nov 23, 2018

    Depending on what it sounds like. Suggest giving the pediatrician's nurse line a call and describing the breathing problems. They will tell you if they think you should bring the baby in. Regardless, the pediatrician will likely suggest using the humidifier in his room (make sure the insides of the humidifier are sterilized first) for a few nights straight and see if that helps. It might ... More

  • Sammi
    Dec 03, 2018

    My daughter did that we went to a sleep clinic and she got diagnosed with sleep apnea

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Nov 16, 2018

Baby allergic?

FTM so sorry if this is a dumb question. For the first time this morning I noticed what looks like a very mild rash across our baby’s back. She also had a few spots on her tummy that looked like TINY bug bites (hives)? I checked all her sheeting, since we have two large dogs, but found nothing. She’s been eating organic oatmeal for 2 months plus small bites of our dinner every couple nights.... More

  • Lulu
    Nov 16, 2018

    I will be honest, I really don't think it has anything to do with your diet or babe's, but you can never be too cautious

  • Stephanie
    Nov 16, 2018

    If you have animals that could be flea bites to my niece was extremely allergic to fleas and bites and one bite would make her break out in a little rash :(

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Nov 14, 2018

Has anyone every seen this before ?

Every time I get my daughter back from the babysitter she hasn’t these marks on her, whenever I have her skin is totally fine! It isn’t until she started at the babysitter this appeared, I took her to the doctor and just gave me some cream. I’m just super curious on what it is causing this .

  • Lulu
    Nov 15, 2018

    @Kerry I did not know that! Thanks for the info. What worries me is OP says the skin clears up when babe it's with her. Makes me think something fishy is going down. I think I'm alone in my suspicion though.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 15, 2018

    I kept her home with me today, no marks! So I’m going with it’s something at the babysitter house and she would no longer be going there

Peanut allergy!?

So we just got the results back and my one year old is in category 2 out of 6 for peanut allergy. So moderate. Our pediatrician told us to get an Epi pen just in case. Just wondering if any other parents found out their baby was allergic to peanut butter but then grew out of it? I’m so nervous about someone not knowing and feeding it to him and not know what to do. Thanks!

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