While infants rarely suffer from environmental allergies, they can experience traditional allergy symptoms, like rashes and nasal congestion, from other causes.
Infant Allergies to Foods
"Foods are the most common cause of allergies in children under age 1.
The most common food allergies in young children are:
Fish and shellfish
An infant allergy to cow's milk may show up as soon as the parent introduces formula, because about 80 percent of formulas are milk-based. Up to 7.5 percent of infants can develop this allergy. So how will you know if your child is one of them? "Symptoms of child or infant food allergies may include skin rashes, hives, wheezing, nasal congestion, and digestive problems,".
As a child's immune system matures, some food allergies will go away on their own. "About 85 percent of children outgrow food allergies to milk, egg, soy, or wheat by age 5," says Renner. Allergies that are more likely to persist in later years include fish, shellfish, and nuts.
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