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Does My Baby’s Rash Mean He Has a Food Allergy?

Food allergies will often cause a rash on your baby’s skin that is very noticeable. From diaper rash to an upper body rash there are many different types of rashes that are caused by food allergies. While it is not always easy to tell if your baby’s rash is food allergy related there are some steps that you can take to determine where the rash is coming from and with your pediatrician’s help you should be able to determine if it is food allergy related.

When Did the Rash Show Up? The time in which your baby’s rash shows up could play a key role in determining if it is related to a food allergy. If you have recently introduced a new food into your baby’s diet and he suddenly shows a rash then it is likely that he is allergic to the new food. Also, pediatricians and the Food Allergy Network say that food allergy related rashes could show up as much as 24 hours after the food is eaten so you should pay close attention to the time frame in which the rash develops.

Does the Rash Go Away and When? If you have introduced a new food and noticed a new rash, try not feeding that food for at least a week following the disappearance of the rash. Then reintroduce the food to determine if the baby develops a new rash. This is a true sign of a food allergy if the baby develops another rash after eating the same food.

How Much Food Causes the Rash? Sometimes it will be necessary to monitor the amount of food that your baby eats to determine if the rash is food allergy related. Some babies can tolerate a small amount of a food without showing any signs of allergy but when given a larger amount of the same food the allergy signs become prevalent. Doctors recommend that you keep a diet diary for one week to determine if a rash is in fact a food allergy. Write down the amounts of everything your child eats or drinks and also note if and when any rashes occur to help weed out the possibility of any other foods causing the rash.

Did You Change Detergents? I once changed my laundry detergent at the same time that I fed my daughter carrots for the first time. She developed a rash that I immediately thought was related to the carrots but yet it didn’t go away for a week. I later realized that it was the laundry detergent that was causing the rash on her skin and not the carrots. In determining if your baby’s rash is from a food allergy you should play close attention to all aspects of what has changed in your baby’s routine over the days leading up to the rash.

Symptoms of Baby Food Allergies

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a baby food allergy is the first step to correcting the problem for you and your baby. There are many different symptoms associated with baby food allergies that range from skin rashes to diarrhea and nearly everything in between. Here are some common symptoms that you should look out for when recognizing if your baby is suffering from a food allergy.

Diaper Rash: There are many causes of diaper rash but often times a food allergy will cause a diaper rash. If you notice that your baby gets a diaper rash every time he eats a particular food then it is likely that he has a food allergy. Diaper rashes that persist may not be food allergy related and could be related to the diapers that you use or the type of soap or detergents that you are using to clean the baby with.

Redness Around the Anus: Sometimes a certain food will cause a red ring around your baby’s bottom at the anus. Redness and a ring around the anus is another symptom of food allergy. If you notice a redness at the anus that does not go away you should try omitting the suspected food for at least 7 days to determine if the condition persists or worsens.

Skin Rash: Food allergies will not always show in the sign of a diaper rash. Some food allergies will show in the form of a prickly heat rash type rash on the upper body, chest, or even the legs. To determine if a particular rash is food related omit the food and then reintroduce it after the rash has cleared up to determine if that food is the cause.

Vomiting: Some babies will actually get very sick when they eat a particular food. A very common symptom of a food allergy is signs that your baby is sick after he or she eats a particular food. If your baby gags while eating a particular food or actually vomits after eating or while eating then she may have a food allergy.

Hiccups: Sometimes the hiccups will be a sign that a baby is not properly accepting a food and there may be a food allergy present. In many babies, milk proteins that are difficult for the baby to digest will cause hiccups and especially in infants who are allergic to milk proteins hiccups are very common.

Fussiness: As a parent we all know about fussiness in babies but sometimes the fussiness is related to a food allergy. Many babies suffer from food allergies which cause cramps and gas and result in a fussy baby.

Other Symptoms of a Food Allergy: There are many other signs that you should look out for when determining if your baby has a food allergy. Some of the other signs of food allergies in babies are anaphylaxis, asthma, hives and eczema. The Food and Allergy Network recommends that you do not feed babies any foods that cause such symptoms as these severe symptoms are dangerous and could be the sign of a very severe baby food allergy!

Infant Lactose Intolerance: Congenital Lactase Deficiency and Milk Allergy

True infant lactose intolerance generally exists in the form of congenital lactase deficiency. This form of lactose intolerance is present from birth and is a genetic condition passed down from the parents (from both parents). Congenital lactase deficiency is a lack of adequate production of the enzyme lactase which is necessary to break down the milk sugar lactose. Lactose needs to be broken down into its two components parts, glucose and galactose, in order to be absorbed and used by the body. If lactose is not broken down properly it can provide food for the bacteria in our intestines and these bacteria can produce more than the normal amount of gases and other irritating by-products.

It is also possible for infants to have temporary intolerance to lactose if they are born premature, need to have intestine surgery, or have a virus that causes severe diarrhea, such as rotavirus. This is a fairly common way for infant lactose intolerance to be seen in babies although it usually reverses itself quickly.

Congenital lactase deficiency, being present from birth, will rear its ugly head from early on, showing itself in the form of severe diarrhea and bloating when the infant is given anything containing lactose, including breast milk and formula produced from cow’s milk. Often infant lactose intolerance has symptoms that are confused with milk allergy but they are quite different from each other.

Milk allergy is a reaction of the immune system to the proteins in milk. This is different from the digestive condition of infant lactose intolerance. Milk allergy often has the additional symptoms of vomiting, itchy and red skin, watery eyes and nose, and other symptoms associated with allergic reactions to something.

There is a lot of controversy brewing about whether a fussy baby with lots of gas, diarrhea, and a failure to thrive might be lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy. The best way to test that is to remove all sources of lactose from the baby’s diet for two or three weeks. If the symptoms disappear but then reappear after reintroducing lactose, then the problem was likely a lactose problem. One important thing to remember is that lactose is found in other places besides just dairy products. Any food that contains whey, dry milk solids, or nonfat dry milk powder will have lactose in them. This includes some breads, soups, salad dressings, pancake mixes and breakfast cereals.

If you are unsure about whether your infant is intolerant to lactose in the form of congenital lactase deficiency or whether the symptoms are being caused by an allergy to milk proteins, consult your pediatrician. If your infant is already on a lactose-free diet, remember not to change that diet unless you are under medical advice. Your baby could be the one to suffer for it.

Up & Up All Day Allergy Relief Vs. Zyrtec

Allergy season is upon us here in Alaska. The Fireweed plants are flowering to the top which means winter is right around the corner. The grasses and weeds are starting to go to seed and my allergies have been making me miserable.

My doctor used to prescribe the antihistamine Zyrtec for me, which worked well, but now Zyrtec is available without a prescription. Better yet, there are generic forms of Zyrtec on the market that can save a shopper a substantial amount of money.

For the past few years I have been saving a bundle by purchasing store brands, and the Up amp; Up All Day Allergy Relief sold at Target stores contains the same active ingredient as Zyrtec, but at half the price!

Up amp; Up All Day Allergy Relief pills come in a white plastic container with a green child proof lid. I have some arthritis in my hands and find some child proof caps difficult to open, but the Up amp; Up brand is not a problem for me. The pills are small, white and oval shaped, measuring less than a half inch in length and only 1/4″ wide. Each pill has “4H2” imprinted on the center top.

Up amp; Up All Day Allergy Relief pills contain 10 milligrams of cetirizine HCL, which is the same active ingredient in Zyrtec. In fact, the Up amp; Up package reads “Compare to the active ingredient in Zyrtec”. Up amp; Up All Day Allergy Relief pills contain the original prescription strength of Zyrtec, but they are a much cheaper alternative!

Up amp; Up All Day Allergy Relief pills claim to provide 24 hours of relief from both indoor and outdoor allergies. They provide relief from sneezing, runny nose, itchy watery eyes, itchy throat and itchy nose. If you have ever suffered from an itchy throat from allergies, you know how miserable it can be. I want to stick a brush down my throat and scratch it! I even get itching in my ears, but the Up amp; Up All Day Allergy Relief pills work to relieve these symptoms.

I don’t get 24 hour relief from my allergies, but these get me through the day and help me to function like a normal individual. They do cause some drowsiness, so be aware of this if you are going to be driving or doing any activities that might pose a problem.