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  Prevention of Allergy in Children

As we have seen, some children are at high risk of developing allergies. These are often children where allergies run in the family ( atopy), i.e. their parents suffer or have suffered from them.

Here are some precautions parents can take as soon as their child is born to limit the risk of allergy:

Feeding

  • Breast-feed the child for at least 4-6 months.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions for the choice of milk following weaning.
  • Do not give animal proteins (meat, fish, eggs, etc.) before the baby is at least 5 month old.
  • When you give the baby a new food, give only tiny amounts at the beginning, then gradually increase.


Cleanliness

  • Wash the baby in pure soap.
  • Do not use lots of cosmetic products on the baby, except for those known to be hypo-allergenic.
  • Keep the baby's room dust-free.
  • Choose only toys made of synthetic materials to reduce exposure to mites.
  • Air out the baby’s bedding every day and make sure the dust does not fly around when the child is in the room.
  • Make sure there is no mildew in the house.


Other living conditions

  • Do not keep a pet.
  • If you already have a pet, keep it away from the baby, and (if necessary) gently remove it.
  • Avoid pure wool, because it can irritate the skin.
  • Refrain from smoking in front of the baby; better yet, don't smoke at all!


Take your doctor's advice rather than listening to your next-door neighbour's "miracle cures"!  
 


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