It isn’t uncommon to see allergy and asthma symptoms prevalent in some families for several generations. The reason behind is that both these disorders are genetic in nature to a large extent. Children who have a biological parent suffering from allergy or asthma are more likely to develop these diseases.
There are, however, steps that asthmatic parents can take to prevent the development of such disorders in their children. Let’s take a closer look.
Breast Feed to Prevent Food Allergies
Infants who have a sibling or either of the parents a sufferer of allergic symptoms are at the risk of developing food allergies, especially if they are already asthmatic or suffer from allergic rhinitis or atopic dermatitis. The smartest way to prevent this development is regularly breastfed infants during the first four to six months. Mother’s milk strengthens their immune system, which helps infants get rid of any lung infections that are common triggers of asthma. Additionally, it is easy to digest and can mitigate the chances of early eczema and wheezing in infants.
Note: Foods such as tree nuts, peanuts, cow’s milk, soy, wheat, and others are common triggers of allergic reactions. Restricting a pregnant mother’s diet of such allergens, however, is not recommended as a means to prevent allergies, as information suggests that there are no apparent benefits of taking such a step.
Introduce Single-Ingredient Foods
Introduce single-ingredient foods such as apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, green vegetables, rice, and oat cereals when the infant is four to eight months old. Ensure, however, that you give these foods only one at a time in every three to five days. By feeding them, single-ingredient food after long interval, helps you identify if your child is allergic to any of these foods and consequently eliminate them from their diet.
Introduce Food That Triggers Allergic Reactions
Once the infant can tolerate the less allergic reactions triggering foods, parents can introduce peanuts, eggs, dairy, fish, shellfish and other foods that usually trigger allergies, whenthey are four to six months old. This action is required, as delaying the step can increase the infant’s risk to develop allergies. In the case of an allergic reaction such as eczema, consult an ENT or allergy specialist in your area.
Preventing Exposure to Dust Mites not Pets
In the case of dust mites, research suggests that preventing a child’s exposure to these substances early in life can reduce or prevent their risk of developing allergy or asthma symptoms. If you talk about the exposure to pets, the case is a bit confusing. Earlier research points out that children with a parent who has allergies or asthma should not be exposed to pets. In contrary to the above statement, the newer research suggests that children who are exposed to pets and other animals early in life are less likely to develop any allergy issues.
These are some of the steps parents can take to mitigate the development of asthma and allergy disorders in their children. However, as the food and environmental conditions that may trigger allergic symptoms in both infants and children can be different from case to case, it is recommended to consult an allergist or ENT specialist, whether you live in Houston or some other city. Allergists, with their experience in pediatrics and internal medicine, can both suggest the right steps to prevent allergies and asthma in children as well as prescribe an effective treatment plan for it.