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We did buy special soap for our first child (it is very expensive) but by the time the third and fourth came around we didn't have time to wash their clothes separately and we found it completely unnecessary. I would use regular soap (without perfumes) and see what happens. If your child seems to be having a reaction (rash) then speak to the Doctor about ...


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If there has been no allergic reaction then there is no need to test with two exceptions. Family history of a lethal reaction. For example if Grandma is allergic to fish, and Mom is allergic to fish, then be extra careful with fish around the child. Doctors advise allergen testing. I'm not one to say blindly follow doctors' advice, but if a doctor is ...


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Check with a pediatrician. Conjunctivitis (commonly known as pink eye) doesn't always show a pink color on the eyes, and the crusting is often associated. You shouldn't be making diagnosises at home or off the internet. Let the doctor decide. Some things you can put off bringing to a doctor (minor colds, etc), but possible eye infections are not ...


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Both of my kids have some form of lactose intolerance. Whenever they have milk, they develop a mild rash. Take the milk away for a few days and the rash goes away. We've switched to soy- and rice-based alternatives for now, and try to give the children some milk once every few months to see if it helps. Our oldest, who is five, now shows less signs of rash,...


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I don't know of anything "official", but I'm not sure "official" would be better. Kids are different from one another, and no average or generality is helpful in predicting what will work best for any individual. I've found that kids are pretty good at signaling those transitions. I could definitely tell when breast milk alone wasn't enough for my son, ...


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What is "official" changes from one country to the next. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive brestfeeding until at least 6 months (and continuing as a complement until 2 years!). It is commonly advised to start with some fruits or vegetables around 4 months, but more as an opportunity for discovering different tastes and textures: don't ...


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This site says no dairy or citrus till age one, no wheat or egg whites till two. And no peanut butter, fish, or shellfish till age three, because of allergies. It recommends against any whole nuts till age four. http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/infant/startingsolids.html That's fine advice, but we read similar recommendations, and then once our kids were one,...


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Use sunbutter or wowbutter and jelly. They are peanut butter substitutes that are supposed to taste exactly like peanut butter, but are both 100% peanut free! I have a peanut allergy and I eat it all the time.


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Looking at peanut butter... remembering baby poop... not seeing much difference... could you be more specific in what you notice? I've never tried the "Earth's Best" brand, but carrots often cause constipation or other troubles when introduced as a first food. My advice is to wait on carrots until your son has been accustomed to gentler foods (fruits, baby ...


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Here in Southern California, we have "Santa Ana Winds" a few times a year. When the Santa Anas come, or in hay fever season, or during other allergy times, my daughter would get crusty eyes. When the allergies abated, so did the crusty eyes. Yes, be aware, but it doesn't yet need to rise to concern. If she has a cold or allergies are acting up, this is most ...


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The main consideration with infant sunscreens are they should be Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide based only; not only will these be much less irritating1, but they are considered safer. Infants absorb a lot more through their skin than older children and adults, and so the Oxybenzone and other organic chemicals in many adult (and even some child) sunscreens ...


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It wouldn't be a bad idea to ask your pediatrician. There are general guidelines, like start with rice cereal around 5 or 6 months, then move to whole grains, then pureed fruits and veggies. Those are good, but other, kid-specific factors (weight, history, nursing vs bottle-fed) may be relevant. And you should also get a list of foods to NOT eat before a ...


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Depends on the kinds of foods your child likes, these days at least in the US pretty much most schools say don't even bother sending in anything with Peanuts - nut allergies seem to be on the increase. Some options we give to our kids: Honey and Banana sandwiches Maki Rolls, my wife makes vegetable maki rolls for the kids, one of them loves roasted eel ...


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I've found that the WHO's recommendations seem geared toward developing countries with poor sanitation, nutrition, and education. If that doesn't apply to you, they can be rather draconian. Every time I hear some recommendation about solids, I hear about another new study that debunks the old one. Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months used to be the ...


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It would probably be worth your time to take your child to an allergist to determine what in particular he is reacting to. A HEPA filter would only help if the allergen is both airborne and small enough to penetrate your regular filter. Sources of allergic reaction can be airborne, food borne, or come in direct contact with the skin. The best way to ...


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I read this article and it explains well about the baby food in the first year. Baby Food Stage 1: Birth to 4 months What to feed: Only food for infants is breast milk or infant formula to meet all their nutritional needs. Recommended milk is breast milk only. You should start giving formula or any other substitute in case breast milk supply ...


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Sunflower seed butter! Seriously, I was also in the "what do you mean my kid can't have peanut butter" camp, but no kidding, this stuff is a very reasonable substitute, I even make sandwiches with it myself.


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Humous makes for an awesome sandwich spread. If he likes veggies you can make all sorts of interesting combos... humous and sprouts, humous and zucchini slices, etc. Try also with raisins or crasins (I'm not sure how far around the world those have spread yet, they're raisins made from cranberries... very awesome, though sometimes over-sugared.) Another ...


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A cool mist humidifier was very helpful for our son as well as sleeping in a non or minimally heated bedroom. Heat dries the air which dries the mucosal membranes of the nasal and sinus cavities which is the bodies air filtration system. If the mucosa is dry then it is unable to trap the airborne pathogens before they enter the lungs. The humidifier added ...


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Here is a good link that talks about the symptoms and various causes of pink eye and the associated eye crusties. Really, pink eye can be a symptom of many, many eye issues. It can be caused by abrasions of the eye, infections, and allergies...not all of which require immediate medical intervention. Bacterial conjunctivitis must absolutely be treated with ...


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I wouldn't recommend testing an allergen on your child by yourself - that's something which should occur at your dr's office. That way, if there's a severe reaction (anaphylaxis) you and your child will be in good hands. You say you're allergic to natural SLS (which is derived from coconut and/or palm kernel oil) - you might do well to see if you also have ...


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Surprisingly, not that much is known about food allergies. My son has been part of the HealthNuts study for the past 3 years where they track 5300 kids with allergies. In those three years, they have reversed some of the previous recommendations. A recent NY Times article discusses some on the latest research into the effect the mothers immune systems has on ...


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I am not a doctor, but I believe so. I would call your pediatrician and do some google-ing in the meantime. And, keep your baby away from peanuts for now. I know people have varying degrees of sensitivities and I've known friends that can have a reaction from contact with someone else that had contact with whatever they are allergic to. I don't see why ...


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If by "local rash" you mean a red patch on the chin or something, odds are very high it's got nothing to do with the foods you are feeding him, particularly if it's something like rice that virtually nobody is allergic to. Most babies start drooling at the same age as they start eating solids (in fact, it's considered a sign of readiness), and most often it'...


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The best sunscreen is one that doesn't trigger her allergies. There's no "one size fits all" here -- for example, I'm allergic to a common ingredient (I don't know which one) in most "hypoallergenic" sunscreens. What you should do is test sunscreens as you get them: spread a small amount on the inside of her wrist (one of the places where the skin is the ...


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Since you're allergic, what sort of detergent do you use personally to prevent negative reactions? Can you use those products for your toddler and see if the problem clears up?


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Both of our children have sensitive skin (to the point that it seems like looking at their skin cross-eyed causes a breakout, and they would have rashes anywhere the clothing would touch) and we switched our whole family to Charlie's Laundry Soap (you can get it on Amazon for approximately the same cost as other detergents) on our pediatrician's ...


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I'm from the US, so I'm not familiar with the brands available where you live. Here, though, the most popular "baby detergent" is Dreft. If you compare the ingredients in Dreft with most other laundry detergents, you don't find much of a difference. I have the feeling that the same thing would be true of baby detergents in the UK. I agree with @morah; ...


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I think that what you describe is a fairly normal reaction when introducing solids. Try leaving out these products for a few days and see if the rash goes away. Try another brand (or even other foods) and see if the rash returns.


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We used Almond Butter, it looks and tastes comparable but contains no peanuts. But the camp might have problems with that too, although they are generally made specifically as peanut-butter substitute and are thus safe for peanut allergies.



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