Thursday, March 31, 2011

To reduce the risk of developing allergy

I have written yesterday a topic about babies and allergies and now, I would like to add more about it. As written on the previous topic, babies are more likely to develop allergies if there is a family history of atopy that is why my little girl used to have eczema due to the fact that I also suffer hay fever. Anyway, I have listed below things you could do that may help reduce the risk of developing this life threatening allergy.

• Breastfeeding mothers who are atopic, or those for whom the father or any sibling of the baby has an allergy, may wish to avoid eating peanut products while breastfeeding.

• Peanuts and foods containing peanuts, such as peanut butter or unrefined or cold pressed groundnut oil, should not be given to babies from atopic or allergies families until they are at least 3 years old.

• Read contents levels carefully to check if you need to avoid the product.

• If there is no allergy or atopy in the immediate family, then there is no for children to avoid peanuts after weaning, as long as they are ground as nut butter or crushed.

• And lastly, do not give whole peanuts or any type of whole nuts to children under five in case of choking.

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