Let’s talk about baby skin allergy. The skin condition remains to be one of those ailments and concerns that moms panic over. And it’s very understandable—what with the red, puffy patches of skin and the painful-to-see discomfort of our babies. Before we get to skin care tips that may soothe and prevent baby skin allergy, here’s a refresher on the skin condition.
HOW SKIN ALLERGY HAPPENS
We all know too well that our body’s immune system is built and designed to combat illnesses. It sometimes reacts to substances that are harmless. Examples are that a flower’s pollen may register as a virus, and a dog’s fur as a parasite. The resulting overproduction of antibodies alerts fighting cells (mast cells) that, in turn, release histamine.
Histamine is that which causes the visible symptoms of an allergy:
- Skin rashes, red patches, or hives
- Itchy mouth
- Watering, itchy eyes and nose
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Swollen lips and eyes
BABY SKIN ALLERGY
Allergy from eating or touching an allergen (or that which triggered the allergic reaction) usually shows up in the following baby skin allergy forms:
- Allergic rash
Also known as allergic contact dermatitis, this baby skin allergy results from when your baby touches an allergen. The common triggers include cosmetics, nickel in buttons or earrings, ingredients in toothpaste and mouthwash, as well as plants such as poison ivy and oak.
- Hives and swelling
Itchy red bumps that may last up to a few hours. Common triggers include insect bites, certain foods, antibiotics, pet saliva and dander, and latex. Hives may sometimes progress into a kind of swelling called ‘angioedema.’
Eczema is that thick, leathery itchy patch of rash that normally starts or shows up as a rash on the face or head of an infant. It later spreads to the torso and arms. While doctors and health experts are not sure what causes eczema, certain elements such as rough fabrics and dry air have been found to irritate and cause more itching. Eczema has also been found to be common in families with a history of allergies or asthma.
SOOTHING AND PREVENTING BABY SKIN ALLERGY
Medication such as antihistamines will only treat the symptoms. When it comes to baby skin allergy, the first and best line of defense is identifying what it is that caused the allergic reaction. Especially if allergies run in your family, you may want to create a hypoallergenic environment by prohibiting smoking, and keeping your house clean from dust, mold and pet dander.
“Less is more” applies to skin care for baby skin allergy. TriSoPure Baby Wash is mild, hypoallergenic, soap-free and fragrance-free, so you can be sure that bath times will be safe and delightful for your baby, and worry-free for you.
Read up on more information on how to give your baby a pleasant bath time with these Bathing and Bonding tips.