Babies and Seasonal Allergies

It’s springtime and I don’t know about you, but it seems like seasonal allergies are rearing their ugly head heavy this year.  Sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, and a scratchy throat seem to be something most of us are waking up experiencing.  But what about your new baby?  Can babies experience seasonal allergies like we do?

Yes

Allergy symptoms can be incredibly similar to the symptoms of a cold, but your baby isn’t going to be able to tell the difference and you may not be able to either!  Your best bet is to ask your pediatrician first.  If it is determined that seasonal allergies are the culprit for your baby’s symptoms, you may want to limit his or her exposure to outside allergens.  This includes:

Keeping your windows closedseasonal allergies

Keeping your baby inside as much as possible

Keeping the house clean of dust

Keeping the air ducts to your baby’s room closed

Giving your baby a bath daily to remove any allergens that may be on your baby’s skin or hair

If your baby’s symptoms still persist, it may be a good idea to ask your pediatrician to recommend an antihistamine.  Also, don’t fret too much.  Seasonal allergies are just that…seasonal. 

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