Allergy is a word which most of us have used at least once in our lifetime. Some allergies are hereditary while some are picked up due to various reasons. Your child may get allergy from food or any particular factor, that is, dusty or pollen-prone area. There is no sure cure for allergies; prevention is the only way to keep your nipper safe from them. The most common allergies that children develop are food allergy, eczema, asthma, and hayfever. We discuss here the ways to prevent these allergies in children.
The first question that troubles new parents is “how to know that your baby is allergic to something?” Allergic symptoms can be mild or severe. Usually the reaction will appear within few moments after consuming certain food or spending a day or two in a certain environment. Below is a list of symptoms to identify if your little one is suffering from allergy:
Swelling, redness or rashes
Problem in breathing
Weakness or fainting
Introduce food allergens early: Introduce common food allergens when your baby is ready for solid food, that is, when your baby turns 6 months old. Studies show that if a baby is introduced to food allergens early in life, the risk of developing food allergy is less. Remember to introduce one food allergen at a time. Common food allergens are peanut, soy, corn, nuts, egg, fish, and wheat.
Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is a great source of nutrition for your baby. It is recommended to breastfeed at least for the first 6 months as it strengthens the immune system and prevents atopic dermatitis and milk allergy. Mothers who are unable to breastfeed can use hypoallergenic formula milk.
Dust mites: Dust mites are microscopic bugs that live on mattresses, pillows, carpets, and curtains. To prevent this allergy make sure your baby’s bedding, pillows, and mattresses are washed weekly in hot water. Also, avoid keeping carpets and upholstered furniture in the baby’s room. Use a humidifier or air conditioner to keep humidity below 50%.
Probiotics: Allergies are a result of a weaker inner ecosystem. Probiotics are live bacteria that colonize the gastrointestinal tract and strengthen the inner body and immune system. Probiotics if given in the first few months can help prevent allergies like eczema, hayfever, and asthma in your child.
Remember, “The more precaution you will take today, the lesser things there will be to take care of later.”