It’s easy to know when an older child is suffering from allergies because they can tell you themselves. However, it can be much more difficult to diagnose allergies in infants. In fact, many parents will misidentify allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose or upset stomach, as a cold or simply a fussy baby.
So how can you tell if your infant is suffering from allergies or a cold?
- Thin, watery nasal discharge may indicate allergies, while a runny nose accompanied by cloudy nasal discharge and a fever is likely to be a cold.
- Difficulty getting rid of a cough can be symptomatic of allergies. Because the muscles of an infant’s airways have spasms and swell when he or she is suffering from allergies, it can lead to a dry hacking cough. This can easily be misdiagnosed as a lower respiratory tract infection, so it’s important to note other symptoms your infant is experiencing with this.
- Although newborns are prone to rashes, they usually stop around 2 or 3 months of age, which is around the same time allergic rashes tend to appear. Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is the most common allergic rash. This is a red, scaly rash that usually appears on the cheeks, torso, arms and legs of babies.
- Although a virus can cause vomiting, diarrhea and gassiness, these can also be symptoms of allergies. If your infant has an environmental allergy, he or she may swallow phlegm, which can irritate the stomach.
If you believe your infant is suffering from allergy symptoms, consider a skin moisturizer for rashes or an oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl, for other symptoms. If symptoms persist, consider taking him or her to see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified in pediatrics and will treat your child with the utmost care.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.