Tracy Mitchell: Hi! I am Tracy Mitchell with the National Association of Health Underwriters Education Foundation. Today, I'm discussing how to lower your child's allergy risk. There are preventative measures you can take to help lower your child's risk of developing allergies.
While no conclusive medical studies have been performed, many allergy specialists believe there may be a genetic link to food allergies, but there is almost certainly a link between when food is introduced to an infant and the development of food allergies.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast-feeding an infant for at least the first six months followed by the gradual introduction of solid foods. Add single ingredient foods on a schedule recommended by your family physician. If breast-feeding is not an option, talk to your doctor about the best alternatives. Unlike food allergies, there is a direct genetic link to asthma according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Delaying the introduction of solid foods may decrease the risk of breathing problems in infancy and the development of asthma later in adolescents. There are also many environmental risks that cause asthma including homes with mold, areas with poor air quality and exposure to ground toxins. While climate and altitude have little effect on airborne allergies, sudden changes to the environment such as a cold snap or travel may cause problems.
Allergy shots, venom therapies and medications have all proven to help decrease the likelihood and severity of allergic reactions in children. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action to prevent anaphylaxis in your child.