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Being On The Lookout For Allergy Problems When Caring For A Baby

by Stella Robinson

If you recently gave birth, you are most likely concerned about the well-being of your new bundle of joy. It is important to protect your child and be on the lookout for health problems so you can address them promptly. One health risk that can cause difficulties is the presence of an allergic reaction. If a baby has an allergy, it will need to be seen by a physician immediately to help alleviate any symptoms. Here are some tips you can use to ensure an allergic reaction is recognized so you can get the treatment necessary for your baby.

Be Diligent In Introducing New Foods

When it comes time to give your baby solid food, there is an increase in the chance of an allergy as they will be introduced to a variety of different products. It is best to introduce one food at a time, for several days in a row, before moving on to another food. For example, give your baby rice cereal for three or four days in a row to rule out the possibility of them being allergic to the ingredients in the cereal. If allergic symptoms are noticed, a trip to the baby's pediatrician will be necessary. If not, the ingredients in the cereal will be deemed "safe" and a new food can be introduced. Be sure to stick with the same brand of each food introduced as well, as there may be differences in ingredients between different companies.

Take Care In The Products Use On Your Baby's Skin

Since some bath soaps, laundry detergents, and lotions have chemical ingredients added to them, it is extremely important to pay attention to your baby's reactions when using these types of products. It is best to start off with skin care products that have the least amount of chemicals added as possible. Look for products made especially for infants or with the words "sensitive skin" listed on the packaging. If your baby shows any signs of itching or a rash on the skin, call a pediatrician immediately and discontinue using suspected products that may have caused the symptoms.

Keep Logs Of Any Reactions You Notice

It is best to keep lists of any type of product you introduce to your infant. Knowing the brand names of all products your infant comes into contact with will help determine which one may be the culprit in causing an allergic reaction should one surface. Keeping a food log will be beneficial in helping you remember which foods your infant can continue eating, as many baby foods come in blended varieties. Keep a list of the cleaning products you use as well as any skincare products used directly on the baby's skin.