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Allergic to the cat?

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Aranea Tue 19-Feb-13 13:24:31

What would you do if you suspected DC was allergic to the cat?

We got a kitten in October, which the DDs adore. But since the start of January, DD2 has had a series of itchy eczema-type rashes. I'm praying it's not the cat. WWYD??

yani Tue 19-Feb-13 17:12:55

It might not be the car per se.
Could the cat have fleas and they are biting your dc?

Do they get any other symptoms like itchy eyes or runny nose?

As there seems quite a big gap between cat arrival and dc symptoms, maybe it's due to something else. New washing powder or shower gel.

It might also be weather related? Cold weather can trigger itching in dry skin.

ukey Tue 19-Feb-13 18:22:25

has ur child had any allergy tests? as can get skin prick test for cat.

Aranea Tue 19-Feb-13 18:46:59

Thanks for your replies.
The cat definitely doesn't have fleas, as she doesn't go out. And we haven't changed washing powder or anything.... I will cling to the hope that it's the cold weather!

The GP says we should wait & see for a few months before getting tests done. I really hope it isn't the cat...

Maz007 Tue 19-Feb-13 18:56:04

Such a tricky situation :-( fingers crossed it won't be the cat. It took about three years before I twigged that our cats might be behind my recurrent respiratory infections (also my symptoms got more severe with time) and got tests done to confirm it. We very sadly rehomed them. Hope that's not your situation though...

ukey Tue 19-Feb-13 19:11:09

FWIW my reactions to cats are hives and a cough, with watery eyes. Wee ones allergy to cats is similar, hives, puffy eyes and cough. Fingers crossed its not due to the cat!

Aranea Tue 19-Feb-13 19:40:04

Yes, fingers & paws crossed. I'd be sad if we had to rehome her, but I think the DC would be devastated.

Lovesgiantbuttons Tue 19-Feb-13 22:01:20

Both my DH and DC are allergic to one of my cats (have 2) but its only a problem when my DC smothers her face in his fur!! (She calls this gving him a love!) her face gets blotchy and her eyes itch/water. Same goes for my DH so i guess it depends whether the reaction comes without close contact as to what you feel you need to decide about your cohabiting...?

ukey Tue 19-Feb-13 23:18:12

plus keep the cat out of the bedroom may help if it is cat related

Aranea Wed 20-Feb-13 19:47:23

Hah, ukey, I know you're right about keeping the cat out of the DC's room. I just find the miaowing and banging from outside the door makes bedtime that bit harder! She is a determinedly sociable cat.

ukey Wed 20-Feb-13 20:13:33

lol put her out into the garden ;) if she's an outdoorsy kitty

CognitiveOverload Wed 20-Feb-13 20:15:23

Im allergic to both my cats. They stay out of bedroom and i wash my hands after touching them. How serious is the reaction?

Aranea Wed 20-Feb-13 22:37:51

It is pretty mild actually, it just activates my maternal guilt gland.

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