Preventing Food Allergies in Children


Susan Fishman

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Did you know if food allergies run in your family, your child is at risk of developing one, as well? Even having allergies like atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis or asthma can make your child more likely to have a food allergy.

But is there any way to prevent this? While there are no drugs or treatments that can actually prevent allergies, there are some things you can do during pregnancy and during your child’s infancy that may prevent a food allergy later in life.

The Pregnant Mother’s Diet

Some mothers with a food allergy believe restricting their diet while pregnant will prevent them from passing the allergy on to their baby. But most pediatricians don’t recommend this approach. There’s currently no evidence that shows restricting your diet during pregnancy will prevent allergies in your child. In fact, research from the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI) found no significant protective benefit against food allergy when mothers avoided allergenic foods like dairy, egg and peanuts during pregnancy.

Anaphylaxis can be frightening, but being prepared will help you feel empowered to prevent a dangerous allergic reaction. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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