Many parents nowadays wonder how to reduce risks of allergy in children. Because allergy is a “disease of civilization.” Nowadays about 40% of children in developed countries have some allergy symptoms: nasal allergies, skin rash, difficulty breathing. This disease is rapidly getting more and more common.
Statistics says that children might be at increased risk to have allergies if parents suffer from them: there is 20-40% of risk if one parent has allergies, 60-80% – if both parents suffer from them. And many scientists are still of the opinion that only genetics is responsible for the appearance of this unpleasant disease in children. And consequently, no any diet can reduce it. Recently, however, physicians have to hear a surprised question from parents more and more often: “Why does my baby have allergy? Nothing like this has ever happened to our family!”
Parents need to understand that even a slight allergy is not a harmless state that eventually will disappear by itself. Yes, many food allergies in children don’t really have consequences. But there is a risk that an allergic state can develop into a more serious disease, asthma for example.
What can parents do to prevent allergies in their baby, or significantly reduce the risks of it?
Reducing the risks of allergy during pregnancy
Pregnant women need to eat as less such allergenic foods as possible:
– red vegetables and fruits,
– exotic fruit.
And if there is a possibility of the disease to be inherited, these foods must be completely excluded from the diet. But do not forget that your nutrition during the whole pregnancy should be full and varied!
But French scientists, on the contrary, assure that if in the diet of a mother there are walnut oil and fish, probability of food allergy in a child is significantly reduced then. This has been proven by numerous clinical studies. This is explained by the fact that walnut oil and fish contain polyunsaturated fatty acids that help the body to produce allergy antibodies.
Risk of allergies in a baby is significantly reduced if an expectant mother stops smoking. By the way, it is proved that the development of allergies is affected not only by active but also by passive smoking, so do not let your partner smoke in the house or close to you and your baby.
How to reduce risks of allergy in babies
The most important advice: breastfeed your baby up to at least 4-6 months of age. During this time the immune system is being developed and becomes resistant to viruses that provoke allergies, as well as breast milk promotes the development of healthy digestive system of a baby and protects it against unfavorable factors. If you have little breast milk or cannot breastfeed, feed your baby then hypoallergenic baby formula of high quality but having consulted with your doctor beforehand. Remember that cow’s milk is the most powerful allergen for the baby.
2. Mop the floor regularly
Your baby is especially susceptible to household allergens in the first months of life. Therefore mop the floor and ventilate the room where the baby spends most time (but do not use chemicals). It is not desirable for your baby to be close to such dustiest things as TV set or open book shelves.
3. Baby clothes
Wash your baby’s clothes with children’s laundry detergent at a temperature not lower than 60 degrees and iron well.
4. Eat foods that promote lactation
If you lack breast milk, you should eat such foods to increase milk as: carrots, cumin, radishes, lettuce leaf, dill, lemon balm, yarrow, rosehip, fennel, dandelion, nettle. (even if they will not promote milk production, they will relax your nervous system for sure. And relaxation is the most favorable factor to increase lactation). As well as drink much … water (breast milk consists of water – 87-90%). In this case try to eat less walnuts, fatty dairy products and honey. These products often cause allergic reactions, and not only in children.
5. Introduce additional food in time
It is better to do this after 6 months of age only, start with hypoallergenic products, and postpone fruit juices for later.
Following these rules is likely to help avoid allergies in the baby that will not bother him throughout his life.