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Allergy in children - can it be avoided?

Allergy in children - infants and preschoolers - is a great challenge. It is enough if the toddler is allergic to one ingredient, so that the parents face the need to remain vigilant. They usually cause allergies in the first years of life very popular products - wheat, milk, soy, eggs - with which we encounter almost at every step, which unfortunately nie facilitates optimal nutrition for the youngest. Where is the source of the problem, why is child allergy so popular today? How to deal with it and how to prevent it?

Allergy in children - is every other child sick?

In doctors' offices, it is simply said: allergic reactions in children are becoming more common. They are to concern even every second child. All children may develop an allergy now, of course the risk is greater for babies with genetic conditions. Most often allergy symptoms are visible within a draft 1-2 years old.

Most often, the youngest children sensitize well-known nutrients. The list of allergens is headed by:

  • cow milk,
  • egg white,
  • wheat,
  • soy
  • peanuts,
  • fish.

Allergy in children - symptoms

Often, allergies in children are difficult to determine. Mainly because it causes a whole list of different symptoms not necessarily associated with an allergic reaction. The most likely symptoms include:

  • insufficient weight gain
  • tendency to develop rashes, skin lesions,
  • tendency to frequent infections, inflammation of the respiratory system,
  • sneezing, coughing
  • watery and itchy eyes
  • stomach pain,
  • nausea,
  • refusal to eat the same products all the time (some children do not instinctively eat what is harmful to them).

If you suspect your child is allergic, drive symptom diary. Record when symptoms appear, what the toddler was eating at the time, where he was, etc.

Is it possible to prevent allergies in children?

Allergy in children requires more involvement from parents. Forces children to be vigilant. This does not mean, however, that you can't live with her. Even the most serious allergies can be controlled. It is understandable, however, that parents want to save their children from what they do not have to experience. The question arises - can allergies be prevented? What should be done to ensure that allergies do not develop?

There are several ways. It should be remembered that they can reduce the chance of developing an allergy, they do not protect against 100% allergy:

  • breastfeeding only for the first six months of a child's life (development of the immune system and protection against cow's milk taken with modified milk),
  • if in the immediate family someone has a serious allergic reaction - it is worth delaying the moment of the introduction of sensitive ingredients, preferably under the control of an allergist, but there is no clear evidence that allergies can be avoided in this way, some doctors say that it makes sense, because of easier control of possible anaphylactic reaction
  • it is worth using the presence of the so-called windows of acceptance and tolerance, between 17 and 27 weeks of the child's life. The introduction of new ingredients at this time can protect the baby from allergies. It has been shown that they are now better tolerated,
  • The latest research results have shown that there is no relationship between the time of gluten introduction and the fact of breastfeeding in people predisposed to the development of celiac disease. Studies conducted on a large number of people for several years have confirmed that celiac disease develops despite normal exposure to gluten and cannot be prevented. Of course, celiac disease is not an allergy, but it's worth mentioning here.