Allergy prevention in children

Tips to reduce the risks of allergies in children

Before pregnancy: do not smoke.smoking mom child allergy
When pregnant:
Do not smoke.
Wait for further research studies to be done on probiotics before taking them.
  • Fish oil supplements – No.
  • Dietary restrictions – No.

Feeding new born babies:

Breast feed continuously for 6 months and when introducing new foods.
When weaning, do not introduce solid food until the baby is 4 or 6 months old. According to what the family eats and the developmental readiness, introduce a new food very 2-3 days and just one food at a time so as to easily identify any reactions.
When partially breast feeding, partially hydrolyzed cow milk formula (HA) should be supplemented in the first 4-6 months of the baby’s life. Avoid this if the baby is allergic to cow milk.
  •   Seek medical advice for forms of cow milk allergy.
  • Avoidance of allergens:
  •   For dust mite avoidance, wait for further studies to be carried out.
  •   Do not do away with pets in the house only if there is a family member who is allergic to them.
  •   As for diet restrictions, introduce foods once the baby is past 4 or 6 months of life.
  • Avoidance of environmental irritants:
  •   Where possible, remove sources of dampness and mould.
  •   Avoid exposure to heaters, tobacco smoke and indoor gas.
  • Childhood in the later years:
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Immunotherapy is useful in the treatment of allergies that are already established. However, in the regard of its prevention role, wait for further studies to be carried out. Further information regarding regarding reducing allergies in children here.

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