Should pets be avoided?
Unless one is already allergic to them, there is no reason whatsoever to do away with the household pets.
Which formula is useful if by some reasons, breast feeding is not an option?
Hypoallergenic, extensively hydrolyzed formula (EHF) such as Pepti-Junior or Alfare or partially hydrolyzed formula (HA) are formulae based on cow milk that’s undergone processing in order for the proteins, most of it, to break down.
These proteins are what cause the symptoms in babies who are cow milk allergic. Amino based formulae, for instance the Neocate or Elecare, are prescribed if EHF is not tolerated. From the research done, it’s been proven that instead of using conventional formula in infants who are at high risks, the use of the hydrolyzed formulae reduces the development of cow milk allergy and eczema in early childhood and in infancy.
The amino acid formula or EHF (hypoallergenic formula) are mostly used to treat the kids with established cow milk allergy and could be available only on prescription.
The partially hydrolyzed formula is used to prevent allergic diseases in infants who are high risk and is normally available at pharmacies without necessarily having a prescription.
This formula is however not to be used if there is an existence of cow milk allergy.
Does fish oil prevent allergy?
Presently, there is no convicting proof that taking fish oil supplements will indeed have any particular benefits.
Will the risk of asthma and allergy development be reduced if dust mite is avoided?
Currently, there is no proof that measures taken to avoid dust mice result to reducing the risk of asthma or allergy development.
Will allergy be prevented by desensitization (immunotherapy)?
Treating established allergies is the current role of immunotherapy. Reducing the risk of children, who have allergic rhinitis, developing new sensitivities or asthma later can be however achieved with immunotherapy that ‘switches off’ the allergy. This is just some preliminary evidence.
Are probiotics useful in the prevention of allergies?
For the prevention of allergic diseases, there are conflicting studies on the benefits of administering probiotics.
Probiotics are not, at the present, recommended for allergy prevention. A protective effect against eczema development was noted in the 4-5 studies carried out in 6 month old babies and pregnant women in their last term who were given the pr obiotic supplements.
A baby in the first 6-24 months of life, given a probiotic supplement, showed no effect on the allergic diseases development. To make clear the potential role of probiotics in allergy prevention, more research is needed.
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