Sometimes when you hear of someone being allergic to dust, it is actually the dust mites they are allergic to. No matter how clean you are you cannot possibly eliminate all of the dust mites or their enzymes. Where there are people and animals, there will be dust mites. This is because they feed off of dead skin which turns to dust. In addition, homes which are located in climates that are dry or hot tend to have more dust than homes which are in cooler climates. Usually, an allergy to dust is mistaken for a cold or flu. There is a difference between an allergy and a cold. This article may be helpful in providing you with some information about dust allergies and how they may relate to your baby.
What are the Symptoms Dust Mite Allergy?
The first thing parents will notice if their baby has an allergy to dust mites is the presence of symptoms such as running nose, watering eyes, dark circles around the eyes and itchy irritated skin around the eyes and nose. There are skin rashes which accompany allergies. A dry cough is also one of the symptoms which will occur with allergies to dust mites. Generally, with allergies, these symptoms tend to occur more often in the morning than in the evening hours. These symptoms will present themselves with other illnesses as well. Often with allergies a tell-tale sign is the consistent occurrence of the same symptoms for a prolonged period of time. Another way to determine whether or not what your baby is suffering from is allergies or another type of illness is by the appearance of the fluids that run from his nose. The fluids may be clear and watery with allergies, whereas with flu or other illnesses they will be much thicker.
There are many things in your home that may cause your baby to experience allergy symptoms. Mold and pet dander are among the most common. In addition, dairy products may cause symptoms in a baby who is allergic at birth or develops an allergy in the early months of his life. The only way to be certain if your baby in fact have an allergy to dust mites is to have him tested by a professional allergist. Often a skin test is the preferred method of diagnosing allergies in babies or children. The way that the skin test works is that a small amount of each potential allergen is injected at skin level, usually on the upper arm. If there is an allergy to any of the shots, the skin becomes red and welt up at the specific site of injection. There are often a series of things which are tested for including pollen, dust, foods and other possible known allergens.
How to Protect your Baby’s Room?
Dust mites live in just about all fabrics, they seem to thrive much more in bedding and pillows. It is of course because of the fact that they sustain themselves on our dead skin. What better place to find dead skin than on our pillows or linens. The most effective way to protect your baby’s room is to use plastic coverings over the mattresses and pillows; this will help minimize the dust mites that may be living on the crib mattress or pillow. Make sure to use blankets rather than thick and plush comforters because the dust mites will not be as prevalent in them. In addition, you will want to be sure and wash all of your baby’s linens in hot water at least once a week. Unless there are stuffed animals that your baby cannot live without, remove them from the room. If there are a couple of stuffed toys that must be left, they should be washed at the same time as the linens, each week.
How to Treat Dust Allergies?
There are many medications that have been approved for babies who are six months of age or older. If your baby is below the age of 6 months, you will want to ask your pediatrician what you should use to help treat your baby’s allergy symptoms. In some cases, prescription strength medications is necessary, depending on the severity of the allergies and how effective the medications you have been using are. There are many medications which are easy to administer lasting for up to 24 hours with a single dose. These are the preferred form of allergy medications and can give your baby a much better quality of life.
Allergies are a nuisance that can cause your baby a lot of discomfort. In addition, whenever your baby is suffering, you will be nervous and sleep deprived rather quickly. The good news is there are things you can do to help minimize the symptoms of allergies in your baby to help you and him rest much easier. Many babies outgrow certain allergies as they get older. You may notice a significant decline in allergy symptoms because your baby grows from an infant to a child. Allergies which were not present in earlier years can develop later in life. Never rule out the possibility of allergies, no matter what your baby’s age or medical history is.