5 Ways To Raise An Allergy-Free Kid

Ways To Raise An Allergy-Free Kid

 

Allergies often run in families. And though, genes play a major role, it’s possible to reduce your child’s risk. In some cases, they can be prevented completely.

After all, allergies can be dangerous. Symptoms range from mild to life-threatening. It comes down to problems with immunity, so it’s crucial to build it up.1

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To raise an allergy-free child, start early. A baby’s immune system is still changing and growing. With these five tips, you can shape her immunity and keep allergies at bay.

1. Breastfeed

Breastfeed Strengthens Baby's Immunity

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Breastmilk will strengthen your baby’s immune system. It contains colostrum – a nutrient-rich substance with natural antibiotics. Colostrum promotes normal growth and development while strengthening immunity. No wonder it’s called “liquid gold.”2

As you know, immunity depends on gut bacteria. In the baby’s first year of life, that bacteria fluctuates. It won’t become stable until she turns one-year-old.

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Colostrum actually improves the baby’s gut bacteria. The mix of nutrients and antibiotics will do wonders! But since the gut change so much in the first year, breastfeeding is essential during this time.3

It’ll also fight against allergies. Specifically, if it’s done for the first 4 to 6 months, cow’s milk allergy will be prevented.4

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2. Feed Common Allergens Early

Feed Common Allergens Early To Prevent Allergies In Kids

When a baby starts eating solids, the specific foods matter. Start with less allergenic foods, like rice or spinach. Once that’s established, move on to common allergens as soon as possible.5

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Delayed introduction of all solids can increase food allergy risk. However, this is especially true with allergenic foods like peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, and shellfish.6

3. Control Dust Mites

Control Dust Mites To Avoid Rhinitis In Kids

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Dust mites are another common allergen. These microscopic insects cause rhinitis – a reaction marked by sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes.7

To decrease your child’s allergy risk, keep dust mites under control. Cover pillows and mattresses with zippered hypoallergenic covers. Every week, wash all bedding in hot water. You should also dust regularly.8

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If possible, keep indoor humidity under 50 percent. This can be done with a dehumidifier or air conditioner.9

4. Introduce Animals Early

Introduce Animals Early To Raise An Allergy-Free Kid

Research suggests that early exposure lowers the chances of animal allergies. In fact, children that grow up on farms have fewer allergies and asthma. Yet, this will be different for everyone, so talk to your doctor.10

To be safe, always keep an eye out for allergic reactions. This is even more vital if you have pets.

5. Avoid Secondhand Smoke

Smoke Disrupts The Growing Kid's Immunity

Regardless of age, a child should not be exposed to tobacco smoke. It has a strong link with rhinitis, wheezing, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.

If your child already has allergies, wheezing will become so much worse.11 So it’s important to avoid! Plus, her immune system is still growing, and cigarette smoke won’t help.

Remember, allergies are mainly controlled by genes. But by following these tips, you can reduce your child’s risk for allergies. It’ll help your little one live a happy and healthy life.

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