Allergies & Asthma

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

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.

  • Andrea

    You need a prescription for the medicine and for the nebulizer itself. Your ped should be able to provide both, and any pharmacy should be able to fill both. You’ll want to make sure that they give you the appropriate mask for your baby, as they have different sizes.

  • Dena

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

Sensitive face

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

  • Olimpia
    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

    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

    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

    He’s on the children’s Claritin chewable.


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

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

  • kat
    Dec 15

    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

    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

    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

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

    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

    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


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

  • Elle
    Nov 23

    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

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

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Nov 16

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

    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

    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

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

    @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

    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!

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Nov 12

Drowsiness = allergy?

I let my 6 month old try scrambled egg today (just a few very small pieces) and he’s currently in the middle of a very long nap. Like going on hour 3. He took a 2 hour nap this morning. He usually has only one long nap a day. I’m feeling guilty for getting things done, but also am nervous that this could be a sign that something is wrong?

  • Joy
    Nov 12

    He's probably full and it made him sleepy. I always sleep better on a full belly.

  • Heidi
    Nov 12

    Allergies are usually rash, swelling, itchiness, trouble breathe (worst case scenario). Sensitivities could also be spitting up/throwing up, looooooooooose BMs, tummy ache. My bet is that he really liked having something warm and filling in his belly and took an extra long nap just cuz.

Constant face rubbing

My three month old constantly rubs her face when she’s sleeping/napping. She sleeps through the night. It doesn’t actually wake her up but it is making her eczema so much worse. Anyone go through this or have a suggestion? I was thinking of buying either a magic sleep suit or a zippadee zip to help. I’m afraid it will be a waste of money because she’ll still be able to reach her face.

  • Aine
    Nov 11

    Thanks! All of this helps a lot. I also just bought a grow with me wombi sleep sack. I’m going to see if she doesn’t mind sleeping with her arms constricted for a while until we get the skin more under control. 🤞🏻

  • Amber
    Nov 11

    Good luck :)

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Nov 02

Breastmilk to Formula

My daughter is 7 and a half months and decide she did not want to breast feed anymore I do have milk stored in a deep freezer that I have been giving her but decided to make her a dr apt to let her pediatrician know what was going on. Her Pediatrition said to keep giving her the breast milk but to also try formula as well to get her use to it Incase I run out of breastmilk. I have been giving h... More

  • Nicole
    Nov 03

    Maybe it’s a mild allergic reaction to it have to your tried doing half breast milk half formula

  • Nicole
    Nov 03

    Maybe try changing to a more gentle formula or soy one with no milk

Allergy Medication

My daugher has been sneezing lately. What do you recommend for allergy medication?

  • becky
    Oct 31

    At 2 my son used Zyrtec but it was the lowest dose. I would ask with a one year old. They also had us do allergy testing to make sure they were allergies and if so what he was allergic to.

  • Tamika
    Oct 31

    My 2 yo uses childrens allegra. It's for kids 2-12

Diarrhea with bad rash

My son got a really bad rash due to diarrhea, it’s really red with lots of bumps and he starts crying and looks uncomfortable. I gave him an oatmeal bath. What do you prefer or recommend between baby butt paste or aquaphor for that rash? I used desitin, but I don’t think it’s doing much this time.

  • Krista
    Oct 21, 2018

    We used Triple Paste for our last 3 kids. It’s AMAZING. Our dr recommended it. A little goes a long way.

  • Hailijo
    Oct 25

    Aquaphor. I cake it on and with in about an hr I see a huge difference. If he still has a rash or diarrhea cake it on for everytime you change him and change him more often.

I need NON DIARY breakfast meals for a 2 years old toddler! She has a milk allergy! Please help!

  • Marlee
    Oct 22, 2018

    My 2 year old son has a dairy allergy too - Califia Farms has a great on the go DF drinkable yogurt & Kite Hill has DF yogurt tubes. Oatmeal is a staple in our home as well & you can make it different everyday with your topping choices (berries, banana, honey, cinnamon, even nut butter). My son also likes “toad in a hole” an egg cooked in the center of a piece of toast.

  • Samantha
    Dec 08

    When we were younger my mom would replace milk with water because we were so allergic


My 2 year old son all of a sudden has eczema on his left leg and butt. What are the best treatments?

  • Beckiie
    Oct 16, 2018

    Vani cream you can get it at target it’s the absolute best thing my pediatrician recommended. You can find it in the adult cream and lotion section.

  • Ivy
    Oct 19, 2018

    If it's pretty mild excema, most any cream or lotion for eczema will help. My son's is pretty bad , so we have to use a compound of Vanicream with steroid and antibiotics, though I started out with Aveeno and Eucerin (both have oats) and it helped calm things down. But after a year of oat everything, my son developed a terrible oat allergy. Many of my friends use Eczema Honey and love i... More

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