Written by Lisa Allen, MD
Skin allergies in your baby could be caused due to various reasons like clothes, diapers, foods, environmental factors, genetic elements and the food you eat. Your food can affect the baby skin when you are still breastfeeding.
By ensuring proper care of the above listed factors you can protect your baby from allergic reactions. If you are allergic to some substances you need to discuss about them with our child specialist as she can advise about how to avoid passing them onto our baby or shielding her from such substances. Hygienic environment is one of the basic requirements to avoid outbreaks of any allergic reactions in our baby skin.
Baby Skin Allergy Treatment
Preventive care is one of the most recommended methods of treating your baby from skin infections. If you or your spouse has had any kind of issues with hives, food allergy, infection of skin or urinary tract, food and medicinal allergy, your baby may get affected by skin allergy and bed wetting. This needs to be addressed immediately through consultation and treatment.
- Most common food allergens for babies from 1 to 6 months are cow’s milk, citrus based fruits, corn, chicken, peanuts, meat and fish. In some cases your baby skin may be allergic to chocolates, and eggs. You need to avoid such elements in bay’s and your food (as long as you are breastfeeding).
- Avoid constipation in your baby as it can lead to skin inflammation and infections. Feed plenty of pure water every day. You can consult your child specialist to know about the exact volume of recommended water during various stages of her growth from 1 month to 12 months.
- Ensure vaccination at regular intervals. They can provide immunity from many skin infections and diseases.
Some of the most common forms of allergies which can affect your baby are listed here along with probable treatment methods. In case you find them not suitable for your baby you need to consult your child specialist and take alternate measures.
- Diaper Rash
Diaper Rash affects most of the babies from 1 to 6 months. It is normally a reddish patch on the skin which appears in the diaper region. It could be followed by skin thickening or tenderness and inflammation.
You need to get your baby treated the moment you observe any such reactions in the early stages. Remove the diaper and allow free air circulation. It is not a good practice to keep your baby wrapped in diapers 24 hours a day. You need to allow free air circulation for at least 3 to 4 hours in a day.
Change the diapers everyday or twice a day depending on the volume of elimination by your baby. It is a good practice to expose your baby to early morning sunlight for about 3 to 4 minutes. Dry your baby skin before putting on new diapers.
- Cradle cap
Cradle cap is another form of skin allergy which gets developed among babies. It could be due to excess of oil secretion from sebum. These types of cases are common when you or your spouse have oily skin. It can happen even otherwise also. Food allergy is another possible cause.
Most commonly it appears during the first three months of babyhood. A thick layer of dead skin may develop in the scalp region. You need to massage the area with vegetable oil and essential oil combination.
Take ½ teaspoon of essential oil, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil (ex: – sunflower oil) and add few drops of Aloe Vera gel. Mix the ingredients well and apply on the affected skin areas. Massage gently and try not to scrub. Repeat the procedure twice a day until the skin conditions have improved. Add Vitamin B6 and zinc to your baby’s foods after consultation with the child specialist.
Jaundice is another common skin reaction due to bilirubin allergy. Bilirubin is the old blood broken by the baby’s liver. When it is produced in excess it results in yellow spots on your baby skin. If your baby is allergic to breast milk it can also result in jaundice. In some cases it could be allergic reactions due to the medications and shots you took during pregnancy.
Consult your baby specialist and get the right kind of treatment. Exposure to early morning sunlight for about 3 to 4 minutes can help in relieving the condition to considerable extent. Consult your doctor about feeding your bay with powdered activated charcoal. 1 or 2 teaspoons of this ingredient can help in alleviating the jaundice conditions.
- Lactose allergy
Lactose allergy can develop among some infants due to the inability to digest the natural sugar in milk. Of course it may or may not include breastfed milk.
You can take a simple test to know the difference. Stop feeding external milk and continue breastfeeding you baby for one or two days. If the skin rashes go away then you can safely assume it is due to external source of milk.
Avoid it and consult your doctor for alternate. Meanwhile you can continue breastfeeding your baby. Provide her with calcium lactate supplement after consultation with your doctor. It can help in overcoming the deficiency of nutrients.
Baby Skin Allergy Home Remedy
Many of the common skin reactions to allergy can be treated with home remedy. Aloe Vera is one of the most gentle and powerful anti allergen which you can use. Vitamin C and E oils can also act as helpful ingredients.
Detecting and avoiding allergic substances is very important. Apply Aloe vera gel mixed with Vitamin oils regularly on our baby skin. It keeps many of the skin infections also away.
Baby Skin Allergy Reasons
Most common reasons for baby skin allergy are foods, clothing and medicines (for the baby as well as those consumed by mother during pregnancy and neonatal period when the baby is being breastfed).
External elements like dust, heat and humidity can also cause allergic reactions in babies. You need to consult your child specialist regularly and take advice about curative and preventive treatments.