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Does your child suffer from a Formula allergy?
Every parent wants their child to grow up healthy and strong, but recently have you noticed your child's skin has went from baby soft to red and itchy? It's a possibility your son or daughter might be dealing with an allergy to their formula.
Hypoallergenic is a term used for something that is designed to lessen the chances of an allergic reaction. An infant or child can developed an allergy to cow's milk, milk based formula, or even soybean formula. A red inflammed rash, skin eczema and vomiting are a few signs of an allergy to these. Your child might also seem very fussy, have diarrhea or have excessive gas. Often these kind of allergies are based on genetics. If you or your partner's family has a history of conditions such as asthma, eczema, hay fever or other food related allergies it's a possibility that it was passed on. Do not worry, there are still options and precautions to help your child. You should always consult your pediatrician at the first signs of any of these symptoms or if you suspect your child may be hypoallergenic. If your Pediatrician suspects your child may have an allergy they might start them on a special formula developed specially for sensitivity.
There are two main choices in hypoallergenic formulas: hydrolyzed (Alimentum, Nutrimigen, and Pregestimil) which is a formula where the protein is broken down in order to be easily digested, and amino-acid based (Neocate, Elecare, and Nutrimigen AA) which doesn't include the protein chains at all but includes all basic amino acids. While not all formulas will work for each individual child there are things you can do at home to reduce the chance of irritation.
Make sure all clothing is made of 100% cotton or Organic cotton. It's very important that clothing is washed before use and to reduce the risk of skin irritants, try to wash the clothing in detergent that is free of perfumes and dyes. While these detergents tend to be pricey, they will help reduce the irritation of the skin. If possible\ steer clear of the use of fabric softner.
When batheing use lukewarm water and use a soap that is gentle on the skin such as Dove, Aveeno or Cetaphil.
Always keep the skin moisturized! Make sure the lotions you use aren't heavily scented and don't include ingredients like alcohol that will actually remove the moisture from the skin. Baby oil is also not advised to use as it will also have the same effect. Vaseline is a good choice as it will also protect the skin and seal in the moisture longer then creams will. It can also be used to coat over the cream for added protection as well.
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