Genetic factors contribute to increasing the risk of allergies in children between 20 to 60 percent. Besides the genetic, there are other factors that increase the risk of a child has allergies. Fortunately, there are some things a mother can do to reduce the risk of allergies in children.
Consultant of allergy and immunology, Dr Hellen Mark, reveals six things you can do during pregnancy and after the child is born to prevent children from developing allergies. What is a list of those six things?
Here is the list:
1. Dr Hellen explained that pregnant women should avoid to smoke cigarette, either actively or passively.
In addition to preventing children born to a lower risk of developing allergies, the absence of cigarette smoke also make conditions healthier and fetal growth is not disturbed.
2. When you are pregnant, feel free to eat anything.
Many mothers who avoid these foods for fear that the child might be allergic to that food. According to doctors who practice at Rockward Hospital in California, pregnant women should not be afraid to eat a variety of foods, as long as it is healthy and not allergic to the child.
“Free to eat anything, there are no restrictions, except for the food which makes allergy to the mother,” said Dr Hellen in Allergy Response Mother campaign with 3C (Recognize, Consult, Control) written on Monday (01/23/2017).
3. If you could give birth to normal, the baby do not need to be born by Caesarean.
“The study shows that if the children born cesarean, the risk of allergy is greater than that born with normal birth or spontaneous,” she said.
4. Provide Exclusive breastfeeding
Exclusive breastfeeding for six months can make the little one’s immune system stronger .
5. Mother should not eat anything during breastfeeding
“If allergic reaction has not yet appeared, mothers can eat anything during breastfeeding. But when allergies in children appeared, mothers should not consume it,” said Dr Hellen.
6. Provide age-appropriate solid foods
Do not be too slow or fast giving solid food. When the babies has not yet reached six months, their body have not yet riped to absorb the juices of the food that can lead to allergies. Then, if the age is late or more than six months, this could potentially make them intolerance that can lead to allergies.