Don’t ignore a baby’s rash. Untreated allergies can even result in asthma

Ignoring even a single allergy symptom can have long-term health consequences for your child. An infant’s allergy to the protein found in cow’s milk can set off an allergic cascade that leads to serious respiratory problems.

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According to the World Allergy Organization (WAO), 30-40% of the world’s population suffers from at least one allergic disease, and the problem is only going to get worse. 

This means that billions of people will have to live with a lower quality of life and must react quickly to allergens in their environment throughout their lives. Allergy symptoms can appear as early as infancy, and if ignored, can lead to respiratory diseases and even asthma.

A food allergy affects one out of every ten children, and one out of every three to four children has a cow’s milk allergy.  During feeding or when the baby’s diet is being expanded, inconspicuous spots on the body could indicate the emergence of a cow’s milk protein allergy. As a result, there’s a simple way to broaden the range of allergic reactions that can develop as people age.

Ignoring allergy symptoms may trigger the so-called allergic march.

Every mother is familiar with this condition when her child shows signs of weakness and a lack of appetite, and it becomes clear in the evening that she will have a runny nose the next day and spend the next day inhaling and reading books with her child.

As parents, we can predict that our child has caught a cold based on one seemingly insignificant symptom. We’re also aware that if left untreated, hoarseness can develop into a serious illness.

In a similar way, the allergic march functions. It is the development of disease disorders that accompany allergies. Usually, the parade begins with food allergy from early childhood (infancy), which manifests itself among others:

  • atopic dermatitis,
  • rashes and skin lesions appearing, inter alia, in around the ears and elbows;
  • blood in the stool
  • no weight gain,
  • abdominal pain or constipation,
  • but with age, rhinitis associated with inhalation allergies and asthma may appear.

In clinical terms, allergic march refers to the body’s (systemic) response to the harmful effects of allergens as it ages. In everyday practice, skin lesions in infancy caused by allergies to cow’s milk proteins can develop into respiratory diseases, including asthma, over time.