symptoms of allergies in an infant

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 6:09am
srujed's picture
Joined: 09/05/2003 - 09:00

hi all! Have not been around for a while, its been busy since our newest son has arrived. He is now 6 weeks old, I can not believe it! Anyway, the reason I am posting is I am looking for a list or description of signs that he may have allergies already. He is exclusively breastfed but is a very fussy/gassy baby. So far no excema or hives or anything but I am wondering if his intestional sypmptoms have to do with allergies. Any advice/experience would be appreciated-thanks!!!

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 7:17am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

my son reacted very early on with gassiness, crying (colic), reflux when I drank milk products while nursing. It improved alot when I stopped. At one point the dr. recommended I give him some formula because he wasnt gaining wait... this gave him diarea and BAD diaper rash. You might eliminate the foods in your diet for a while and see if that helps... you can gradually reintroduce some of them.
James 4 yrs, NKA
Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 7:32am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

My dd was a gassy and reflux baby. Occasional projectile vomited. Eczema flares. Wonder if the projectile episodes were after PJ&J sandwiches? Ugh.
With ds, he flared dramamtically with horrible eczema erruption on his face hourse after a formula(milkbased) bottle. He previously was tolerating 2-3oz supplements, but this had been his first whole feed(My first shoppping trip alone)! It was bad and fast.
We simply switched his supllemental feedings to elemental formula(alimentum). I eliminated all dairy and soy and he was a very happy baby regardless. Such a happy baby. He is two. I miss my happy baby, LOL. He read the book...about the terrible twos... becca

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 11:24am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

Unfortunately, I am an expert on this topic. When my pa child was diagnosed with pa my baby was 9 weeks old. I just knew I was in for trouble.... she was a baby that spit up a lot and was very stuffy. She also got RSV and was hospitalized with pneumonia just 2 weeks after my pa child was rushed to hospital for her first reaction. So, I delayed giving food until 6 months and then gave her rice... didn't work...gassy and then gastro ana. Then I followed the guidelines for allergic siblings for introducing foods.... to make a long story short. Thank god I blood tested her to find out because she was allergic to many things. We have been able to keep allergies mostly under control and have grown out of many. If I hadn;t of been aware I have no idea how our lives would have been. She obviously had some allergens introduced through breastmilk. I have been to many nutritionists, alternative Dr's, allergists,....we keep track of her foods by food diaries and blood work 1-2 times a year. UGH. we have also done some skin tests and food challenges...failed some and passed others. It is wise to do blood work although uncomfortable and not always correct you can at least get an indication what may cause you problems. I was adamant about no skin tests when she was younger since it would expose her to the allergens. We have grown out of soooo many and were doing great but we just out of the blue "lost dairy" about 5 weeks ago. Very sad for her. But we are optimistic. Good luck to you and remember your intuition is usually correct.

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 11:29am
cgroth's picture
Joined: 01/25/2006 - 09:00

Hi, I breast feed my 13 month old daughter until about 3 weeks ago. She was very gassy & had colic when she was young - until I cut out all dairy products! I eventually added them back in and instead of colic we had eczema. Not being "allergy aware" I never connected the two. The only 2 times she did not have breast milk we gave her soy formula and both times she vomited & had dry heaves for HOURS afterwards. After reacting to milk after she turned a year, we had her tested - diary, egg, soy, peanut, corn & pork. Poor baby - I had been poisoning her for a year!

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 12:26pm
jayD's picture
Joined: 09/20/2000 - 09:00

Hi, My son was also breastfed. he was quite gassy , right from the start, although he had no trouble releasing it! he didn't have any pain with it, just was a very smelly and noisy gasser! His main symptom that led us to allergy testing was eczema. he started at 2 weeks with it and it got worse every week. He was finally tested at 5 months and was found to be allergic to over 20 of the foods tested for, all through my breastmilk. I tried an elimination diet for a month, but it was clear he was allergic to more than what he was tested for. We weaned him to soy at 6 months and he did great after that. at 6 years old now, he is only still allergic to a few foods (peanuts included) but has asthma and environmental allergies. Jen

Posted on: Tue, 02/28/2006 - 9:18pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

No gassy reflux for my exclusively- breastfed-for-6-months Ryan. Breastfeeding continued until he was about 2 1/2.
He did, however, have terrible eczema flareups from a month old on. His face would crust and ooze with huge scaly patches on his cheeks. They were bright pink against his fair skin. Elidel would bring it under control but that shouldn't be used that often on a very young child. Tried to keep it under control with prescription hydrocortisone too.
His doctors basically dismissed it and indicated it happens. I know now that severe eczema like this, especially in an exclusively breastfed baby, is a red flag for a food allergy/ies.

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 1:34am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

DS started with eczema at six weeks. Very bad eczema. Bad enough that when I went to put him in ther kid's room at the gym, they told me I needed a doctor's note saying he wasn't contagious. THat wasn't enough for someone. Another mom took her children out, and after seeing the doctor's note shouted at me "That's not eczema! I've seen eczema and it doesn't look like that!" and stormed out. He looked that bad.
He also threw up frequently. Not after every feeding, but almost every day, sometimes more than once. The reasons I didn't worry too much about this were that he was gaining weight well (nursing extra to make for what he lost) and my father kept telling me how I always threw up as a baby.

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 3:56am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

My son had colic and started with the eczema at about 3 weeks old. I had a problem with a retained placenta (i didn't know until he was 7 weeks old) & was hemmoraging. the retained placenta affected my quantity of breastmilk and i had to supplement.
The dr kept trading the formulas because he spit up everything and continued to be gassy. Finally, we did alumentum formula and he was fantastic. Even the eczema got better. Then it flared again when solids started.
I look back and it makes so much sense, the doctors i had when he was a baby should have been able to put it all together.
Anyway, good luck.

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 4:24am
amartin's picture
Joined: 02/22/2006 - 09:00

Our daughter was extremely gassy and fussy too. She was exclusively breastfed. At 6 weeks, she started passing blood. Allergy was immediately suspected. We eliminated major allergens from my diet and, through adding foods back in, determined the problem was protein in cow's milk. I continued to nurse her for an entire year and strictly avoided all milk products, even if milk (or casein, whey, etc.) was the 72nd ingredient. I also avoided soy products for nine months. If I had to supplement, I did do so with Allementum. At one year, we did a challenge with milk and she was no longer allergic. She will be three years old next week and has no known allergies (knock wood!).

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 5:11am
mizzimojo's picture
Joined: 02/28/2005 - 09:00

My daughters face would crust with huge scaly patches on her cheeks. They were bright red too.
Thinking back she also used to vomit fairly often. And when eating biscuits (obviously I now know must have had traces of nut) she used to itch her tongue and cry.
I now see all this in hindsight but as it was happening, I was told my daughter had severe excema and was maybe a fussy eater.
She is now a very healthy 14 yr old with PA and EA's


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