Allergies

Preventing Allergies in Newborns

Many moms and dads out there are wondering, what to do in order to prevent a child from getting an allergy. This article will try to clarify some issues related to how to prevent allergies in newborns.

When PregnantAllergies in Newborns

when the baby is still in the womb, you might be wondering what you can do when it comes to your diet, so that it would be less likely to have your child develop allergies. Is it possible to diminish the likelihood of allergies by avoiding certain foods. There have been several studies related to this which have had conflicting results. Because no consensus has been reached on the matter, it is not recommendable to avoid any foods while pregnant. Some studies have even made the claim that avoiding certain foods while pregnant might increase the likelihood of a future allergy for the child because the immune system does not get used to the allergen and create a tolerance for it.

When the Baby is Being Breastfed

If the child does not exhibit any symptoms, it is recommended that no actions be taken when it comes to avoiding allergens. It is only if the child exhibits signs of an allergy or intolerance to certain food group, that it is necessary to avoid that particular food group. For example, if your child has an allergy to milk it is necessary to take precautions in order to avoid symptoms. This might mean that breastfeeding should be discontinued in order to prevent passing on proteins, that cause the baby’s symptoms, in the milk.

After Breastfeeding

There is debate in how it is exactly that allergen avoidance should be done. Keeping a clean house can prevent the child from becoming sick, but it also claimed that if the child is not exposed to bacteria and allergens as a baby, he will not be able to crate resistance to them in the body. This is why too much cleanliness might be a way to create more allergies instead of preventing them.

1 response to Preventing Allergies in Newborns

  1. , I have been reminded how much we need to avoid these foods at all costs.Her new kirredganten class has a snack plan in place where a calendar indicates which child is responsible for snacks for the entire class for each day (actually, this is a grade-wide snack plan). When I first told the teacher about the allergies during orientation, she asked me to provide a list of safe snacks and I spent HOURS compiling a list of options. I also offered for parents to send in money and I’d do all the snack shopping. School policy doesn’t allow that and today the teacher called to tell me she sent a note home addressing the PEANUT allergy only (another child also has this allergy). Her message was that we can just worry about the egg/tomato issues on a case by case basis . I am very worried about this and have asked for a meeting with the teacher and the nurse, but honestly, I don’t even know what to ask for. I realize I can just send in a snack for my daughter every day but I don’t think it’s right to make her feel singled out every day. On the other hand, I can’t be there to monitor and read labels every day, either. Eggs are in many prepackaged cookies and snacks and tomatoes are used in BBQ flavoring, not to mention many cheese flavored crackers and other chips, etc. (I’ve been so surprised how many items contain these ingredients!)What do you suggest I do/say in the meeting or even prior to it? I don’t want to impose on any other children/parents, but I also don’t want my daughter to miss out on what could be a normal snacktime experience.Any help or insight would be very appreciated. Thank you.

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