This content has been clinically reviewed by Jennifer Shih, M.D.
A fussy little one often sends parents scrambling for the nearest bottle, burping cloth or clean diaper, but these common signs of discomfort—as well as baby’s runny nose, skin rash or gas—could actually be signs of a less common condition: infant allergies.
All children are susceptible to allergies—and everything from pet hair to dust to cow’s milk can trigger them. Most allergy symptoms make their first appearance in infancy or early childhood, and kids with a family medical history of allergies are more likely to be affected.
Allergies are triggered when our bodies’ immune systems go into attack-mode against an otherwise harmless substance, like food or dust. This reaction triggers an immune response that can lead to runny noses, hives and upset tummies.
When it comes to combatting allergies, early detection is key to helping improve your growing baby’s quality of life. And knowing what signs and symptoms to look for can help you and your pediatrician nail down a diagnosis and determine what course of treatment is best.
Read on to learn more.