- An egg allergy
- Dairy intolerance
- A sodium benzoate sensitivity
- A latex allergy
- A soy allergy
- A peanut allergy
- Sensitivities to berries
- Sensitivities to bananas
- Sensitivities to pineapples
- Sensitivities to many preservatives
- An allergy to dust mites
Ayla gets rashes every time she wears anything that has elastic in it unless it’s encased in a sturdy hem. My baby gets rashes when she plays at the playgrounds that have the recycled tire pieces as its floor. She can’t wear the adorable swamp themed rain boots her nana bought her or play with the saddle that went with my old Barbie® horse that was being saved all these years just for her.
Are you ready for my amazing natural remedy that cures her every time?
Sorry. Not this time.
I do use natural remedies to help strengthen her against her allergies and to help her grow out of the allergies she can grow out of. But when a bad rash or diarrhea makes a grand appearance on my baby, I grab a bottle of Benadryl. Pronto. That’s what the allergist said to do. And unfortunately, that’s my only real option that works.
The Benadryl was first suggested to me when my baby was younger than one by her pediatrician. I thought that all of the soy formula was in a blue can. I thought it was code to the world. Being new to not breastfeeding, I messed up. We were also out of bottles. She had hid them all. Not realizing she also had a latex allergy yet, my husband bought her new bottles with the brownish nipples. So, imagine my poor baby, ten minutes after I unknowingly gave her milk based formula and made her drink it from a latex nipple. It was the perfect storm. So, I called the pediatrician sobbing asking if there was any way I could erase what I had just done. That’s when she told me I could give Benadryl.
Now, under no circumstances should you give Benadryl to a baby this young without talking to your pediatrician though. This is not one of those cases where you can safely say, “Well Dawn gave it to Ayla.” No way. If you have an infant and you think you should give your baby Benadryl, call or page your pediatrician. If your baby is older though, Dr. Sears has an awesome page on his website that explains Benadryl dosages that are safe for toddlers and children. It my favorite because it breaks it down into a chart that shows each style of administration and how much Diphenhydramine (the generic name of the actual drug used in Benadryl) by mg. This was helpful to me because I only had an adult tablet to give her once and I had no idea if I needed to cut it in half, in quarters or simply let her lick it for 1.5 seconds. When it comes to potentially dangerous medicines and you’re used to completely safe homeopathy, figuring out how much to give your toddler can be daunting. That’s why I love Dr. Sears’ webpage.
So, there you have it, that’s what I do for allergies.
Traditional medicine may have won this battle, but I haven’t given up on nutritional efforts for the long term war.