A baby skin allergy is common, because the skin is thinner and more sensitive, therefore, being more susceptible to infections, for example. In addition, it can be easily irritated by any factor, be it heat or fabrics, leading to the appearance of red spots, itching and changes in skin texture. See what are the most common skin problems in baby's.
The allergy can cause a lot of discomfort for the baby, so it is important to see a pediatrician as soon as the first changes in the skin are observed so that the cause of the allergy can be identified and treatment can begin.
A skin allergy is common in baby's, because the skin is quite sensitive. The main causes for an allergy in the baby's skin are:
- Heat: Excessive heat, caused either by the use of a lot of clothing or by excessive exposure to the sun, can lead to skin irritation due to pore stifling, and the allergy manifests as a blister. The bumps are small red balls that can appear on the neck, under the arms or in the region of the diaper, which can result in itching;
- Fabric: the skin of the baby is very sensitive, some tissues can cause allergic reactions, such as wool, synthetic, nylon or flannel, as they prevent the skin from breathing properly. So, the use of cotton fabrics is most appropriate;
- Chemical Agents: Some types of talc, shampoo or moisturizing creams can cause irritation on the baby's skin. Therefore it is important to pay attention to any changes in the baby's skin after the use of any of these products;
- Food: Some foods can cause allergic reactions in the baby and usually manifest themselves through the appearance of red spots that itch after eating certain foods.
A diaper allergy in the baby's skin, which is characterized by the presence of red spots on the buttock or genital region, is not really an allergy, but an irritation due to ammonia, which is a substance present in urine that can damage the baby's sensitive skin.
Signs and symptoms of an allergy
The main symptoms of a skin allergy in baby's are:
- Red spots or blemishes on the skin;
- Rough, dry or scaly skin;
- Small blisters or bumps.
As soon as the signs of an allergy are noticed, it is important to take your baby to the pediatrician so that the cause of the allergy can be identified and the treatment can be started as soon as possible to avoid complications such as infections.
What to do
To treat an allergy to the baby's skin, the doctor may indicate the use of antihistamine or corticosteroid medication, as well as indicate corticosteroid ointments appropriate for a skin allergy and the use of a specific moisturizer for the baby's skin.
It is also important to identify and avoid the allergy-causing agent. For example, if the allergic reaction occurs due to a specific shampoo or moisturizer, the treatment consists especially in not using these products and exchanging them for others, therefore avoiding skin irritation.