OTHER ALLERGIES


CAN I PREVENT ALLERGIES IN MY BABY?

  • Do not smoke during pregnancy or enclosed places where the child sleeps.
  • Maternal avoidance of highly allergenic foods during pregnancy and lactation to help in the primary prevention of allergy is NOT recommended.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for at least 4 months and up to 6 months of age.
  • For infants at increased risk of allergic disease who cannot be exclusively breastfed for the first 4-6 months, a hydrolyzed formula may offer advantages to prevent atopic dermatitis.
  • Complementary foods can be introduced between 4-6 months of age when  an infant is developmentally able to sit with support and has neck control.
  • Increasing evidence supports that early  introduction of highly allergenic foods may decrease the risk of food  allergy or eczema.
  • Consultation with a Clinical Immunologist and Allergist is recommended for personalized plan as to the introduction of complementary foods especially in those with eczema or a previous history of food allergy.




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