Toddlers develop all sorts of sensitivities to the outside world as their bodies try to adjust with all the "new bacteria" around them.
However, not all these sensitivities are temporary. They become allergies and sometimes it stays with them for the rest of their life.
When one-year-old Ivy Angerman touches water, her body breaks out in painful blisters, causing her to cry and scream in agony.
"Ivy started getting a red rash and blisters while in the bath tub and we thought it was the shampoo or the soap. We tried everything and nothing changed, so we put her in water and she still got blisters. We tried our parents' water, we tried city water, countryside water and nothing changed," her mother, Brittany, told Daily Mail.
Ivy once loved playing water games, but now she fears it...
The Minnesota toddler was diagnosed with a rare and incurable condition known as aquagenic urticaria, which causes people to break out in hives when they come in contact with water. It's estimated that only 50 people in the world are allergic to water, and Ivy is believed to be the youngest.
"We've got down to giving her one bath a week. Her skin looks like she's getting washed in bleach, I'm effectively washing my daughter in bleach. When we try to dry Ivy her blisters hurt a lot so we cannot use towels. When she sweats, the liquid brings her out in a bit of a rash and it goes red," Brittany said.
The mother's greatest worry is that her daughter might not be able to drink water one day.
"I was told by an allergist there's a woman who cannot drink anything but Diet Coke as she's become allergic to drinking water. We don't know if Ivy will ever get to that stage but she will be seeing an allergist every two months to monitor her."
That being said, the family hopes that one day there will be a cure for their daughter's condition. According to the Daily Mail, they want to raise money to help with her expensive treatment: "We want to try and buy her a water purifier, which we hope could make the reaction less intense for her."
Do your children have any strange allergies?
[Source: Daily Mail]