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It's possible he has a food allergy?

My nine month old seems to always have a runny nose and a cough that comes if he cries and usually after he wakes up. He has circular red rash spots one on the side of his face and several on his torso. He has dry skin, especially on his arms and legs. He also gets red puffy eyes. He gets gunk in them whenever he gets a new cold. The eyes seem to get red whenever he is around the cat though. He's had these symptoms a long time, but it never seems to affect him that much, so I haven't made a big deal about it. I'm wondering though if maybe he has a mild allergy, maybe to dairy?

by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM
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by on Feb. 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM
I agree. Especially about erring rid of all of the dander by washing clothes, etc - maybe even wait until you buy a few new outfits & try it then

I'm allergic to dogs & cats. DHs mom has 2 dogs & 2 cats. When we stay at their house, I feel like I am super sick. After we leave, it takes about 4-5 washes for me to not feel like crap. When she sends DS clothes, in the mail, not washed yet, just sitting at her house, I sneeze & have itchy eyes until they are washed a few times.


Quoting larissalarie:

It definitely could be the cat. A fairly easy way to tell (without getting rid of the cat and cleaning literally every square inch of your house) would be to go away for a couple of days and see if he gets better. Make sure to wash the clothes (or any bedding) right before you go, so you don't bring the contamination with you.



Quoting Angeldolphine:

No stool issues, no spit up or vomiting.

Yikes, I would hate for it to be the cat, cause he is my husband's baby.....

Thanks!



Quoting angelbabies14:

It could be an allergy to anything really. The cat even unless you also have GI symptoms as well. The skin, rashes, eczema, swelling, congestion etc can even come from pet allergies like your cat. My son and I are allergic to both dog and cat and we get immediate congestion, eyes tearing and red, runny nose, itchy, hives, swollen eyes and even coughing and sneezing. If it were food (and it very well can be) there also may be some GI problems. Does your LO have stool issues? Any spit up or vomiting unexplained? Also your child may not be getting "colds" at all. It can be allergy related. Its rare for a breastfed baby to have that many colds at that age. My son always appeared to be "sick" but wasn't it was his food allergies. Once eliminated it stopped and only returns if he gets exposed.



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