Is it possible that my baby will develop food allergies as my partner and I have food allergies/intolerances. I have a gluten intolerance or allergy and also I have an intolerance to bananas, and my partner is lactose intolerant. Is there anything I can do to prevent it and could she develop anything this young that I should watch out for, she`s on HA-AR formula for reflux and is 11 weeks old. Thanks
What about foods and nutrients?Being such a topical issue researchers are hot on the trail of nutrients and compounds that offer allergy suffers some ease. Research seems to show that many of the beneficial nutrients exert their effect by improving the immune system. For example, it appears that the levels of vitamin C in a mother`s breastmilk are associated with allergy risk in infants. Vitamin C and other antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene in breastmilk may play an anti-inflammatory role in infant allergy. Some other hopeful contenders include:
Fabulous fish and those omega-3 fatty acidsFish rich in healthy oils (i.e. omega-3 fatty acids) have also been shown to have a protective effect against allergy as well as potentially reducing the symptoms. To date studies indicate that children who eat fresh, oily fish regularly have a higher protection against asthma.
Which fish R best?Salmon is an excellent source of these fatty acids. Choice (2005) reviewed a number of fish for their fish oil levels and found that white fish (which is the most common type you find commercially) have very little fish oils. Fish that provide a minimum of 500mg of EPA and DHA per 150g serve include:
- Atlantic salmon
Other helpful recommendations include:Avoiding the introduction of a food that you or your partner is allergic to until after the third year, which may allow your little ones immunity to develop fully (check with a professional first). Avoiding food allergens in allergic bubs, e.g. the most common ones such as peanut, egg, tree nuts, milk for the first 2-3 years of life, although small amounts may sometimes be tolerated after this. For parents with a history of a food allergy to avoid the introduction of that food into their offspring`s diet until after the third year, allowing the immune system to be fully developed. Research also suggests that if a child avoids food allergens, for example the most common ones such as peanut, egg, tree nuts, milk for the first 2-3 years of life they may well be able to tolerate small amounts after this. High risk infants should avoid the introduction of milk or soy until after the first year, eggs until after 2 years of age and peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish until after 3 years of age (restricting a diet must be done under the guidance of a suitably qualified professional who will ensure your child doesn`t miss out on any nutrients). For more information contact the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (firstname.lastname@example.org ). Also the RPAH allergy unit is an extensive resource. Food shopping List Where to go for help:
- Always seek professional medical advice.
- For more information and guidance refer to The Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) website contains useful information on food allergy written by Australian specialists (www.allergy.org.au ).
- The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has an excellent allergy unit, check out their web site for more information at http://www.cs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy