Many parents fear that their children will have allergies growing up; hence, they take proactive measures. Physicians often remind parents not to limit their children on their food variety intake or exposure to different environments in order to reduce the risk of future allergies. Being too protective as to what a child might consume to prevent allergies have been found to actually be counterproductive.
Early intake of allergic foods reduces the risk of allergies
Maxwell Trand, a graduate student in Health Sciences of The McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He also led an experiment to 1,400 children who consumed a variety of foods as they grow up. Tran’s study has found that the children who ate peanuts, eggs and milk before the age of 1 are less likely to be allergic to these foods in the future.
Professor Malcolm Sears from the same university said that children are less likely to be allergic to foods that they have consumed at an early age. However, remember that this does not mean that these children will not develop allergies.
There are many studies on child allergies that are still under way. It seems that the inclusion of allergies in early childhood diets does not cause much problems, but for safety, it is best to discuss your child’s health with a physician.
How to know if a child have allergy?
What are signs to look for if you child is allergic to a certain substance?:
Common symptoms of allergies in children are as follows:
- Tearful, itchy, red, swollen eyes
- Feeling of having sandy in the eyes
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Sneezing, snot flow, itchy nose, nasal congestion
- Sore throat, dry cough
- Lips and tongue swollen and itchy
- Quick breathing, shortness of breath, dyspnea
- Stomach pain, gastric acid counterflow,
- Nausea wanting to spit
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Loss of smell and taste
- Eczema, rash, itchy skin
Children’s first allergens, usually passed through breast milk.If your child has one or more of the above allergic symptoms, it should be considered allergic reactions. It is best to test your baby for allergies.
Here’s a list of the most common food that causes allergies
- Peanuts and milk
- Soybean Food
- Nuts (walnuts, walnuts and cashew nuts) and wheat products
- Fish and crustacean seafood (crab, lobster, crayfish and shrimp)
Genetic is another factor in children’s allergies. In the past, there have been many examples that children and parents have the same allergens and have the same allergic reaction to certain foods and substance. However, some allergies are not stable and would usually come and go parents with allergies do not have allergies, the living environment has a great influence on allergies.
Most importantly, early detection, early diagnosis and early treatment are needed to minimize the impact on your child’s daily life.