How can I tell if my baby has allergies or just a cold?
Because the symptoms of nasal allergies (also known as allergic rhinitis) are much like cold symptoms — runny nose, watery eyes, cough, nasal congestion, sneezing — it can be tough to tell the difference. There are some telltale signs of allergies, though. Ask yourself the following questions: • Does it seem like your baby always has a cold? (Colds usually wind themselves down in a week to ten days; allergies don’t.) • Is your baby’s nose always stuffy or running? • Is she constantly wiggling, wiping, or pushing her nose up in what doctors call the allergic salute? • Is the mucus that drains from her nose clear and thin (as opposed to yellow or greenish and thick)? • Does she seem to sneeze a lot? • Are her eyes itchy, red, and watery? • Does the skin under her eyes look dark or purple or blue (doctors call these allergic shiners)? • Does she breathe through her mouth? • Does she have a dry cough? • Is her skin irritated or broken out in an itchy red rash?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, there’s a good chance your baby is allergic to something in her environment. Kids with nasal allergies are also more prone to ear infections, asthma, and sinus infections.
Thanks Babycenter.com for helping me confirm that GG has allergies! *sigh* Poor child also probably inherited a tendancy to develop allergies from me and her pop who are both allergic to pollen, and dust and me to pet dander. aaaachooo!