Re: Eczema/hives after feeding
Sorry this is all freaking you out so much, mama! But don't let it drive you totally crazy. When you're dealing with a potential allergy issue, it's very tempting to go right to "something in the milk" as the explanation. It's really common for a breastfeeding mom to take all responsibility onto herself- but she should't. If this is an allergy issue, there is a big, big world of things out there that could be causing it. Things like pollen. Mold. Detergent. Bug bites. Excema is a mysterious condition, and if people could figure out what caused it easily, they could fix it easily, but they can't and don't.
If your LO has shown no signs of a dairy protein allergy thus far- things like green, mucusy, or blood-streaked poops, digestive upset- then I doubt you'd get one cropping up now, at 5 months of age.
Here's what I suggest:
- Take a careful inventory of your environment. Any new soaps, detergents or cleaning products? Are you noticing an especially high level of environmental allergens (pollen, mold, dust, etc.)?
- Think about your diet and baby's diet. Are you eating a lot of some new food? Is she? Consider keeping a food diary and seeing if excema outbreaks correlate with something you or she eat.
- Don't stress yourself out. Lube your LO up with some non-scented lotion (like Vaseline, Aquaphor, or Eucerin) on the red patches and see if that helps.
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