Allergies & Asthma

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

Anyone have a LO with keratosis pilaris??

My 20 month old had keratosis pilaris rubra, aka chicken skin. It’s severe red bumps on her thighs, arms, cheeks and buttocks. It doesn’t bother her too much but it keeps getting worse and more red. I’ve gone the the allergist to verify it is not a food allergy and the dermatologist just for them to recommend the same creams I’ve already tried. (cerave SA, hydrocortisone cream and KP duty) Do... More

  • Samantha

    I have this! My mother claimed it was the worst when I was a baby and it improved a bit with age. In adulthood, eliminating dairy and gluten both have helped, but nothing has made it go away completely. I’ve found that a goat milk with honey lotion works best at minimizing the dryness and bumps. Holistic or homemade products generally have worked better than other recommendations IMO. I found ... More

  • Caitlin

    My son has it, he doesn’t have much dairy (some cheese), so I think his is gluten sensitivity. It doesn’t seem to bother him, but I need to change his diet. Chiropractor said that would help

Breakfast recipes with no eggs

My 20mo. vomits everytime she eats eggs so we stopped giving to her until she will be 2yr, which our physician said to try again at that age and if it keeps happening to have her tested to see if she has an allergy to it. Anyway what great breakfast foods do you guys give your little ones??

  • Ivy

    My eldest has an egg allergy (and oat) so we often use ground flax seed as a replacement in recipes. Pancakes and waffles are yummy with flax and bananas to replace eggs (or we buy Van’s waffles cause there’s no eggs). We also do toast and bagels (most are egg free), muffins, scones, smoothies, sausage and rice or bacon and rice.

  • Anonymous

    Pancakes and yogurt are our go tos!

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Saturday

What kind of rash does this look like?

This suddenly appeared on my 1-year old when waking up this morning. All over cheeks, arms, legs, entire body. He doesn’t seem the least bit bothered and is behaving as usual, or I would be worried. He’s on day 7 of 10 day course of antibiotics for ear infection. Can’t think of anything else ... any ideas?

  • Anonymous

    Update: Like some of you, the doctor concluded it was a reaction to the antibiotic so he switched us off of Amoxicillin to take care of the ear infection. Also put us on antihistamine to help clear up the rash. Though it LOOKS pretty horrific, we’re just glad my son seems oblivious and not in any discomfort. Again, appreciate the responses!!!

  • sudha

    My daughter had same.. we gave Zantac.. She recovered within a day

Food Allergies

Wondering how many of you guys have children with food allergies? What do you do if you go out to eat at a restaurant? Or for school breakfast/lunches? What do you do when you go on vacation (in particular at an all inclusive resort)? What do you expect family and others to do/know when visiting? I do not have any children with food allergies, but it is part of my career, and I'm just wo... More

  • Julie
    Sep 19

    We have no allergies either (knock on wood), but the baby school I take my daughter to makes us sign a form every 6 months acknowledging that we know that they are a nut-free facility and that we promise to never knowingly send snacks from home that have any nut products or byproducts in them. My cousin has a child she nannies for that has major food allergies. Her parents have to do a lot o... More

Tiny bumps on back of the hand

My 2 yo has suddenly developed tiny bumps on his wrist and on the back of his hand. Nowhere else on the body. Could it be prickly heat? It’s not itchy though. Any dusting powder that may help?

  • Andrea
    Sep 19

    Be careful of Hand, Foot, Mouth - it’s going around. My son just had it. If the bumps start to spread or you notice any other symptoms - cold like symptoms, fever, irritability, sore throat or refusal to eat - I would get him to his pediatrician. Not much to do, but you’ll want to know if that’s it as it’s highly contagious.

  • Christine

    I second Andrea... watch out for Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease. That’s how it started on my daughter just little bumps on the back of her hands. But when in doubt take him to the doctor.

My 4.5 month old is starting solids and keeps getting a rash around her mouth a few hours after.

The doctor told me this sometimes happens when babies are starting out and not to worry. As long as her lips are not swelling and no hives a few mins later. Has this happened to anyone else??

  • Heidi
    Sep 17

    My sons mouth will get red from the tomato juice sitting on his skin when he’s eating tomatoes but no other symptoms. His skin is just sensitive to the acid in the juice. I’ve never seen that from cereals or peas though

  • Chelsa
    Sep 17

    My 5 year old would break out all over his face and chest when he was starting solids, and we figured out eventually that it was an egg allergy. You could call the doctor and have them run some tests. They do the spot test on their back to but they didn't do that until he was 2 or 3. But it helps to know, and the allergist can recommend what to do, take, etc.

Allergies or sick?

My 3 month old's nose is super stuffy and congested. I'm wondering if she might be allergic to mold since my husband has a bad allergy to mold in San Antonio and it doesn't help its been rainy a lot. She also started daycare this week so it could be she caught something from a teacher or kid... Can they get allergies this early on? It's so bad that it takes longer for her to eat... More

  • Daissy
    Sep 17

    Yes they can get allergies this young. I'd get with their pedi and see what you can do to help her out.

  • Hailey

    When mine was just on the verge of cutting a tooth he suddenly showed signs of almost a cold, but never caught fever the Peditrician explained that congestion and runny noses is normal when teething. We used natural remedies at night time to help.

Insistent fungal infection

Hey community! my 8 month old daughter had a fungal infection on the fold of her groin/leg area for almost 3 months now. It goes away and come back, and I really don’t know what else to do. Ped gave me several creams. First time we visited she gave me Nystatin which hardly made a difference. Second time she gave me Mupirocjn and ketoconazole creams. Those help but it still comes back. Finally I... More

  • Jenn
    Sep 16

    That's why you dilute with water. You can dilute with more water at first so she gets used to it

  • Bee
    Sep 16

    Good old fashion corn starch

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Sep 08

Toddler with diarrhea for 5 days now and really bad rash

Idk what to do. Have been using vaseline and baby powder, change him all the time he poops, which is all the time! His poop is orange and watery and has been like that for 5 days after catching a cold. Diarrhea doesn't go away and the rash is out of control. Any tips? Thanks

  • Anonymous
    Sep 08

    We ended up going to urgent care and they say he has fungus in rash. Yuck. Still lot of diarrhea and started to get red. But applying the creams Dr prescribed plus a probiotic. We will see how it goes.

  • Thejaswi
    Sep 10

    What cream and meds Doc would recommend My boy had diarrhea since 1 week on & off some times mucousy Giving probiotic yogurt twice a day Any suggestions please

Erythema Toxicum— Baby Rash

Has anyone experience baby rash to the newborn on their head, face and eyes? Yesterday morning my 12 days old son developed a massive redness with blister look on his head and top eye lid. Last night, the whole eyes looks swollen with redness and blister look. Any advice on this what we should do? Would it spread more to the whole face?

  • Dina
    Sep 07

    Thank you Jenny! I went to his pediatrician and he said it’s very common thing to newborn. I’m very concern since it just developed recently. A lot of babies develop within 24 hours. How long did your son have it for? Does it comes and goes?

  • More
    Sep 17

    This happened to my son I just kept it clean and dry and it went away in a day

Allergy to shellfish?

I strictly breastfeed and I've noticed that the couple of times I've eaten shrimp my 3 month old daughter has been up all night fussing and seems really uncomfortable. Is there a possibility that she can have an allergy like that this early? She doesn't ever get like that except those 2 times I've eaten shrimp

  • Yopolos
    Sep 06

    I would google the science on allergies. My understanding is that foods stay in your milk for two weeks, so it would be more than a fussy night or two. She probably just had gas, but your being a wonderful, concerned new mom trying to watch for everything and maybe observing and connecting things too much.

  • Jenna
    Sep 06

    As someone who is allergic to shellfish...... you would know.... you would take her to the ER for her profuse vomiting and diarrhea.

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Sep 05

Allergies and Family - They don't understand

Our son has asthma, dog/cat and outdoor allergies (each season). Growing up, he was so sick every couple of months, so bad he'd have to go to the doctor and stay home a few days, do breathing treatments, sometimes emergency visits because his breathing was so labored. He's in preschool age now, and since we took him to the allergist over a year ago, we finally have a hold on things. But... More

  • JJ
    Sep 05

    You do not need to defend your parenting choices to anyone, especially regarding the safety of your child. No means no. They should be respectful and not harp on it. If it continues, just distance yourself for a while.

  • Jennie
    Sep 07

    Honestly, just get used to repeating it. My oldest is 7 and I still have things I have to repeat with family members. 🤷‍♀️ It is what it is.

Bad reaction to mosquito bites...

My 7 month old gets huge red bumps when he gets bit by a mosquito that take several days to go away. He had several bites the other day (my sister had him outside in a mosquito infested area when she was babysitting ugh). One on his ear turned his entire ear bright red for like 3 days. He also had two on his cheek that were really red and several on his legs and feet that were red and even look... More

  • Chelsey
    Sep 05

    My son is the same , I have been told to use Avon skin so soft oil , and that has helped so much! Bug spray didn’t work on him at all... I was told the swelling was because he is allergic to something in mosquito saliva (yes that’s a thing... who knew) but he swells so bad... he got bit on the ankle and his foot swelled so bad he couldn’t Wear a shoe on that foot, then they blister up and ooze

  • Alexis
    Sep 05

    @Melody, yea he is actually. I didn't know that. That's interesting. Both my boys are O+ but my older son doesn't react that badly to bites. I'll have to ask the Dr about that. Thanks for the info! I'll try some of the things you ladies have mentioned. Thanks so much!

Anyone else have a toddler with severe allergies? What are you feeding them?

My little one is allergic to Wheat, Oats, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy. Which is in almost everything. But i want to change things up with what he is eating now. Any suggestions?

  • Sunshine❤️
    Sep 04

    @catherine I love the udies brand that’s actually all we eat now. He is also somewhat allergic to egg. He can only eat it if it’s baked in something like cake, muffins, pastas etc. and he is also allergic to chickpea. (I forgot to include)

  • Vivi
    Sep 05

    My chiropractor suggested to include coconut oil in our diets to help reduce allergies! And I have noticed a huge change !

Eczema flares

My nearly 9mo has had some pretty bad eczema recently. Is there any other parents of infants that deal with this? I have tried coconut oil, rose water, hydrocortisone cream, aveno, breastmilk, and nothing seems to really help relieve her. She has scratch marks all over her shoulders, chest and stomach and I have to constantly try to keep her moisturized but her skin is jst soaking it up. I’ve... More

  • Candy

    My daughter had horrible eczema at that age, she was basically scratching her skin off and I was concerned about infection. Pediatrician made lots of suggestions and I tried everything on the market as well as home remedies and it would not go away. Finally took her to a dermatologist (just ask if they see lo, mine did) and they gave us hydrotopic lotion plus, I noticed a difference as soon as ... More

  • Turah

    Thank you Candy.. did you jst find a dermatologist or were you referred to one?? She practically ripping her skin off as well and the pediatrician decided to try to put her back on the hydrocortisone cream but I don’t think it’s going to do anything

Mysterious allergy

My 2 yr old has had a bad rash on only his face appear because of an allergy we can't identity. I took him to the doctor and we did a food journal but no luck ans we also did ingredient comparisons then gave him what we thought it was. No luck. It happened with Papa Johns works pizza, Ritz toasted garlic and herb crackers, a lawrys marinade and betty crocker suddenly salad. I know the com... More

  • Adora
    Aug 30

    My 2 year old daughter has this problem with iHop food. I’ve never gotten her allergy tested. I’ve done ingredient checks but nothing from the ihop food was different than her normal diet. To this day I still have no idea and have never returned to ihop.

  • Diana
    Aug 31

    Adora, it just means they add some crap to their food, like many places of that kind btw. Thanks for the tip, I don’t think I’ll eat there again😬

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Aug 29


I have a 15 month old who unfortunately inherited my fall allergies and has been scratching the crap out of his scalp to the point where it's leaving marks. I've trimmed and filed his nails down, but he won't take the dissolvable allergy pill do I ease his scalp??

  • Taylor
    Sep 02

    We used Head and Shoulder original with my son and it helped him tremendously!

  • Jennie
    Sep 02

    We live in Texas and they make a Texas specific homeopathic allergy drop that works like a charm. Maybe you can see if there's one for your area. Check a store like Sprouts or Natural Grocers.

Allergies or sick???

The last couple days my son has been coughing and sneezing a lot and I’ve had to pick boogers out of his noses a couple times a day. I haven’t called I his doctor yet because he hasn’t had a fever yet. Should I give him any meds?

  • Anonymous
    Aug 28

    No. Use a humidifier at night. Unless he gets weird colored snot, just a cold

  • Kendra
    Aug 28

    Honestly I’d call let them know what color the snot is! That will tell a lot. Oh can actually look it up as well.

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Aug 25

10 mo with hives

My 10 mo woke up with hives all over her body and face yesterday morning and she still has it. Does anyone have any remedies other than giving Claritin or Benadryl to help with the itching and decreasing the inflammation?

  • Anonymous
    Aug 26

    Allergic reactions need to be treated with medication.

  • Aarin
    Aug 26

    Oatmeal bath may help. Also it may be important to see if the baby has allergies or eczema. My 8 year old had horrible allergies and caused many ER visits her first year.

What is this on my baby's leg

My baby's leg has this can someone please help me we ask pediatrician she says its eczema and it goes away but I am worried

  • Romi
    Aug 23

    I have eczema and so does my son it looks just like it . Just put cream on it with no fragrances . I would recommend this cream called cetaphil . It won’t just go away please get a second opinion ask to see a dermatologist.

  • Jess
    Sep 13

    @Meagan I was told by my son’s dermatologist that lotion in a pump bottle is much thinner . If you have eczema you need a cream or an ointment. Something to not only moisturize the skin but also to protect it.

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