How Parents Can Help Prevent Food Allergies in Kids
- January 31, 2023
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, food allergies affect about 8% of children, and 40% of those have a significant reaction. While there are a lot of misconceptions about food allergies, recent studies from Stanford Medicine Children’s Health have confirmed several notable pieces of information surrounding food allergies in children:
- Breastfeeding (exclusively, partially, or pumped or donated breast milk) for the first four to six months significantly decreases the chances of the child developing allergies to major food groups.
- Exposing children early on to potential allergens, including egg, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish, also helps discourage allergies from forming.
Another key point is understanding the differences between allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities.
For more information about food allergies in children, review the full article from Stanford Medicine Childrens Health.
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