Doctors often warn parents not to introduce certain foods to their child too soon to reduce the risk of developing allergies in children. However, a new study suggests otherwise.
Early introduction of certain food linked to decreased risks of allergies
A study lead by Maxwell Tran, a health sciences student at the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, gathered about 1,400 children and gave them various foods as they grew up. They found that by eating peanuts, eggs or cow’s milk during the first year, the children were less likely to become allergic to these common foods.
By eating food at an early age, children can become desensitized to them, according to Dr. Sears, a professor in the division of respirology at McMaster University. Keep in mind that, even with an early introduction, it doesn’t mean that your child will not get allergy. This study raises some concerns from Dr. Jennifer Appleyard, Chief of Allergy and Immunology at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. During the first three years of a child’s life, exposure to food allergens can easily cause allergic reactions because the child’s immune system is still weak. There’s still a lot of studies looking into the development of allergies. For now, early introduction of foods seems okay. It’s best to talk with your doctor about the introduction of common allergy-causing foods.
How to know if your child has an allergy
Allergy symptoms in children:
−Allergic shiners – Dark circles under the eye from an allergy
−Shortness of breath
−Swollen, itchy lips and/or tongue
−Vomit and nausea
−Loss of senses of taste or smell
−Hives, bumpy, itchy skin
One of the first allergens a child can get is from mother milk. If the child shows any of the above symptoms, they should be tested for allergy. Common foods that cause allergy are:
−Peanuts and milk
−Shellfish (crab, lobster, crayfish, and shrimp)
−Tree nuts (pecans, cashews, and walnuts) and wheat
Another cause for allergy is genetics. As there are more cases of childhood allergies that are the same as their parents, the family themselves should take note of their own allergy when having a child. Still, not all children in an allergic-prone family are allergic. The environment also has a great influence on the development of allergy.
It is important to remember that if your child has developed an allergy, their symptoms will be easier to manage with early diagnosis and treatment, as well as minimize any effects on your child’s daily life.
You might also want to read:
- Vegetarian Diet and Kids
- Why Is My Baby Always Sick?
- Nutritional Differences Between Fresh and Powdered Milk
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Review Date: March 25, 2019 | Last Modified: March 25, 2019
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