My baby is allergic to cats!
Are you thinking of getting a cat, but have a baby in your home? Even with an allergic baby, you can still expand your family by adding a furry friend to your home!
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics also offers some advice on this subject. But allow me to help summarize it for you.
Before getting a cat, it is highly recommended that you wait until you notice if your baby has allergies. Before you decide to either adopt a new friend or get rid of a furry friend, check with an allergist before making any decisions.
Here are some other things that you can do to help your baby who’s allergic to cats:
Is it actually the cat or something else?
Your baby’s adverse allergic reaction to the cat will vary case by case. It is specific to the individual cat.
For most people, including babies, when they are allergic to something the most common symptom is a runny nose and sneezing. But if your baby is allergic to a cat, you may also notice a wheezing sound. This is the same sound babies make when they are having difficulty sleeping.
If your baby displays symptoms of nasal congestion, he/she is likely allergic to your cat. This can create a very dangerous situation if your baby’s breathing is impacted. Please seek immediate medical attention if this is occurring.
In more mild cases, a baby who’s allergic to a cat may not have life-threatening reactions. Instead, he/she may display some of the more common symptoms that you will find with babies that have cat allergies.
Why is my baby allergic to cats?
There are multiple factors in the presence of allergies to cats in babies. Determining why your baby is allergic isn’t actually that simple.
One of the more common problems is a family history of allergies. More specifically, however, is a family history of allergies to cats.
When a baby has an allergic reaction to any type of foreign substance, the body will trigger what is known as an overreaction to the substance. For babies not allergic to cats, the proteins present in a cat’s urine, saliva and dander are usually harmless.
In some babies, that harmless protein can actually be the cause of your baby’s cat allergy.
Will my baby’s cat allergy go away?
Sadly, we don’t have the best news to deliver on this front. Assuming the cat is taken out of your home, it is still possible for your baby to display allergic symptoms.
Sometimes this problem just won’t go away.
The dander from the cat may still be present in your home long after the cat is gone. This applies to all animals that your baby might be allergic to.
The dander can be found on the walls of the home, on clothing, blankets, bedding, and more! Dander survives even in your home’s filters and on several types of surfaces.
The dander may last for many months down the road.
What should I do if my baby is allergic to cats?
First of all, thanks for even researching the issue. Kudos to you for noticing your baby might be allergic to something.
When you suspect that your baby or child is experiencing an allergy, ensure an allergy test is done. This allergy test will be performed by an allergist.
The allergist will run a magnitude of allergy tests to detect things your baby may be allergic to.
Rest assured the allergist will also check to see if your baby is allergic to other common household things. By doing so, it helps to get a more accurate diagnosis.
This works by histamine detection. During a positive allergy test, the histamine in your baby’s body will be present and alert the doctor to the reaction being caused. This will allow the doctor to collect the items that your baby is experiencing a reaction to. Afterward, you will be able to decide what the best treatment option is for your baby.
Can shots or medicine stop the problem?
For those parents who have children under the age of 2, it is highly recommended against the use of any type of cold and cough medicine. These products contain things like decongestants that can cause harm over time if not used properly or under the direction of the pediatrician.
If you are concerned about your baby prior to seeing the allergist, you can purchase a cool-mist humidifier from your local store. This can help with your baby’s congestion. This same humidifier can be utilized any time that your child has a cold as well.
There are some doctors who will recommend that a baby receive allergy shots depending on the severity of the reaction.
If there are other allergies that your child is experiencing, the allergist might advise you of allergy shots. However, you will most likely be asked to first try other preventative measures before jumping to shots.
Tips to Remove Allergens
If your baby is experiencing other allergies, there are a number of other things you can do in the home to prevent the presence of allergies.
One of the things that you can do is to make sure that your carpets are cleaned daily. If the allergy is severe enough, you will want to make sure to vacuum your carpets twice per day.
Cat Location & Filtration
Make sure that you keep the baby in a room where the cat does not have access to. Also, make sure the filter in your home is high-end and efficient. It must be able to trap particles like pet dander.
This applies to the use of vacuum filters as well. The vacuum cleaner filter should trap all dust in the vacuum cleaner to prevent letting other allergens out into the air as well.
One thing that you can do to prevent any dander from being blown into the room where the baby is sleeping is to use a cheesecloth over the vent. This will help to keep most allergens out of where the baby is spending most of its time each day.
If you follow these tips, you will start to see a difference in your baby pretty quickly. It will take some time to fully discover what cat allergies your baby is experiencing and how often they are getting them.
When your baby is showing signs of an allergy, make a journal to take to the doctor with you. Document what symptoms showed up on what day. This will help the doctor to discover what tests to check for when performing the allergy test.