Can babies have allergies to pets? How can I know?
You asked a question about whether or not a baby can be allergic to pets, and the answer is yes. With exposure, a child who’s allergic will usually have all the classic symptoms that are associated with pet allergies – itchy watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and sometimes asthma-like symptoms like wheezing and difficulty breathing. If you’ve noticed that your child has had these symptoms, it would be best talk with your doctor and rule out other complications first, like asthma. And if your doctor says that everything is okay, then there is a possibility of it being a pet allergy.
Really the only way to know for sure if it’s a pet allergy is to remove the pet from the home, or for you to go somewhere else for an extended period of time and see if the symptoms improve. The one problem with just taking the pet out of the house is that there’s still dander, and hair, and all other kinds of allergens in the home until it’s thoroughly cleaned. So it can actually take weeks after the pet is out of the home for the allergens to be out of the atmosphere for you to really even see if there’s a difference or not.
If this plan isn’t practical, then you can have your child tested. You can go to an allergist, and they can administer certain allergens and see if your child reacts. And it’s done under a safe environment, and then you’ll know for sure what your child is allergic to. Good luck with everything, and if you have any other questions for me in the future, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IntermountainMoms, and recommend us to your friends and family too.