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03 Feb '18

Tips to reduce food allergies risk

Posted by Sandra Sosa

During the last decade a dramatic raise on food allergies have been seen among infants; the reasons behind it are still not clear at all but it's believed that it could be a mix of reasons; from genetic predisposition up to premature exposure to some food with high allergy potential.

On this regard, there's not much to do when genetic predisposition exists; so if mom or dad are allergic to a particular kind of food, the odds for their children to develop a food allergy are higher, however that's not the case on most of cases where there are not family record of food allergies.

On the other hand, when food allergies rise from children premature exposition to food with high allergic potential such as peanuts and seafood, there are some Major food allergenspreventive measures to diminish risk.

Overall, high allergenic food should be avoided until the baby gets 1 year old or more, so food such as peanuts, citric fruits, eggs and seafood should not form part of the menu before the 12th month of life.

Once the baby reach the 1st year, both, digestive and immune systems are mature enough to deal with high allergenic food properly and it's possible to introduce such edibles progressively on the every day diet.

It's highly recommended to begin with one potential allergenic edible at a time, and once you are sure there were not allergic reactions, move to the next. The idea is avoiding to introduce two potential allergenic food simultaneously in order to be able to identify the food giving problems in case that a reaction is presented.

A good schema is to begin with eggs; after a couple of weeks, once you are sure eggs are safe, introduce peanuts, later after a safety period, introduce citric fruits and finally seafood, something that should occur between 15 and 16 months old.

Of course the above mentioned is a general approach, and depending of your baby's medical background, family history and genetic predisposition, your doctor may suggest something different.

In addition food allergies must not be mistaken with food intolerance, something you can learn about by Clicking HERE.


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