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DD allergic to something in my bed...

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LoopyLoopsPussInBoots Sat 08-Oct-11 22:22:34

I posted a while ago, concerned that my baby is allergic to something.

Well, she definitely is, and it's definitely something in my bed. She's fine in the day, fine in her cot, and was totally fine on holiday, but she usually comes into bed with me after a night feed, and by morning really struggles to breath.
Duvet covers are cotton, duvet and pillows are synthetic. Could it be something in the mattress? Thinking of moving to the spare room and eliminating things one by one. Is that a good plan?

rushofbloodtothefeet Sat 08-Oct-11 22:25:26

Do you have a memory foam mattress - lots of people allergic to those

If she really is struggling to breath then you really have to change things, even if that means putting her back in her bed

LoopyLoopsPussInBoots Sat 08-Oct-11 22:31:50

No, but I did have one there when I was pregnant, might it have left some kind of residue?

Now that I've realised it's my bed I am putting her back. At least, trying to, for some reason she won't go back to sleep in her cot after a night feed. No problem at any other time. Odd.

Thanks. smile

rushofbloodtothefeet Sat 08-Oct-11 22:40:26

My kids were always the same after night feeds, so I feel your pain smile Hard to tell them it's for their own good at that age! However it is worth it if it is really affecting her that badly.

Don't know if a memory foam mattress could leave a residue, I know they are so chemically they off-gas significantly. So can other mattresses too if they are made with chemicals - is it a new mattress then. Babies can be worse affected than adults because their faces are closer to the mattress (and adults typically are using a pillow), the off-gassing is worst in the first couple of cm above the mattress.

ZhenXiang Sat 08-Oct-11 22:59:18

Could it be dust mite faeces, a lot of asthmatics are allergic to this. Your mattress is likely older than the one in the cot and also you shed more skin which the dust mites love.

To reduce dust mites you will need to steam clean your mattress either with a steam cleaner or an iron on its top setting on full steam. After steaming then hoover the mattress surface. This needs to be done every time you change your sheets. Wash all sheets on highest temperature wash. Put dust mite covers on all your pillows and the mattress and wash with the sheets.

See here for information it also tells you how to control dust mite populations in your home and bed as well.

thefirstMrsDeVeerie Sat 08-Oct-11 23:02:03

I was thinking dust mites too (because my son is very allergic)

Do you have a divan? These are dust mite factories.

Zhen had given you good advice.

Hope it works.

LoopyLoopsPussInBoots Sat 08-Oct-11 23:05:48

Thank you all.

The mattress is about 5 years old. I've hoovered it, but will try the steam thing (if I can find my iron!) It is odd though, as she was fine on holiday and I'm sure the mattress there was far older than ours.

thefirstMrsDeVeerie Sat 08-Oct-11 23:13:06

Tis a puzzle that for sure.

You dont use different washing powder for your laundry I suppose?

LoopyLoopsPussInBoots Sat 08-Oct-11 23:38:22

Nope, same as usual.

Jellykat Sat 08-Oct-11 23:44:21

It might not necessarily be your bed, have you painted your bedroom recently?

LoopyLoopsPussInBoots Sun 09-Oct-11 00:10:32

Not recently, but I'm quite sure it's my bed, as her cot is next to it and she's fine in there!

thefirstMrsDeVeerie Sun 09-Oct-11 11:58:37

Might be the mattress then. I dont know how they are made or what the put in them. I would think her cot mattress is made differently and perhaps the one in the hotel too?

Big expense to replace it on the off chance though.

LoopyLoopsPussInBoots Sun 09-Oct-11 12:24:13

I'll try the spare bed first!

anniemac Mon 10-Oct-11 14:45:36

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