When a baby is born, they are usually so perfect, free from any blemishes, and free from nasty allergies as well. And it can be pretty hard keeping things perfect like that. But there are some things that can be done to help our children from becoming allergic to certain foods – allergies are so common with people today; some people believe that babies are born with allergies. With the food allergy epidemic that we see today which affects one-in-every thirteen children, it is every parent’s desire to find out if there are ways to prevent allergies occurring in their kids. Fortunately, the answer is YES. Babies are born allergy free, but it’s their genes and their experiences in life that will set their immune systems on an allergy course – unfortunately.
Fortunately, parents can have a certain amount of control of their kiddies and their development of allergies. Parents can alter their little’s one’s experiences to minimize the risks of allergies. Before we go on, here is a nice book on preventing allergies that you as parents might be interested in.
Table of Contents
- 8 Excellent Ideas to Help towards to Keep Your Baby Allergy Free
- 1. Let Baby Enjoy the Great Outdoors
- 3. Check your baby for dry skin and eczema
- 4. Visit your pediatrician if necessary
- 5. Introduce food allergens in time
- 6. Be alert for symptoms of allergies
- 7. Start offering Baby allergenic foods often
- 8. Combine allergen foods as well and also up with the yum-yum foods as well
- That’s Food – But What about Other Allergies
- Those Are Allergies and They Can Be Caused by Many Things
- Dealing with Allergies
- What to Do with Allergies in Kids
1. Let Baby Enjoy the Great Outdoors
The modern lifestyles that we lead today, offer us very limited exposure to lovely natural light and fresh air. These are important benefits to a baby which could well be hindering a baby’s proper natural development of his immune system and causing him to be susceptible to food allergies. Take Baby outdoors; starting with your own garden if you have one, not worrying if Baby gets dirty. He or she will simply love being out in the sun, in the healing breezes of nature. Nature certainly has the ability to heal. Look at these ways nature heals, and your baby can be at the receiving end of this great start in his life:
- Mother Nature lowers your heart rate, boosting your immunity, and you sleep better.
- It helps “recovery” or healing from depression and anxiety. It’s a known fact today that college students all over the are reaching out for more and more psychiatriccounseling to cope with life, juggling jobs, social life, and families, which mostly takes place indoors these days, whether from a smartphone or a computer. We are physically disjointing ourselves from the natural world when in reality, the sun, sea, wind, nature, and animals are the perfect tonic for the soul and body.
- Nature inspires compassion. When you feel a connection with nature, you feel humbler, yet bigger hearted, more generous and compassionate towards others. One cannot help feeling in awe of the wonders of nature.
- Friendships are fostered. Nature certainly fosters great friendships and most camp counselors can attest to the great camera die that develops when people work together in nature. Out in nature, one feels less lonely than in a crowded city.
- Nature increases your brainpower Kids who are growing up need nature because, without that wonderful sense of freedom and time for exploratory playtime, children lose the great opportunity to develop their gross motor skills and to strengthen their muscles.
- The state of mind just improves in nature. We all know and love that song “Oh what a beautiful morning, everything’s going my way!” That’s what nature and sunshine can do. Mental health benefits from the warm caresses of the sun, the beauty of the skies, birds, and flowers.
- Better sleep. Being outdoors gives one a huge cognitive boost, getting one’s biorhythms in order. Soaking up all that vitamin D improve sleep, depression and even reduces the risk of cancer.
2. Acquaint yourself with your family’s medical history
It is good to get an idea of the food allergies and other allergic conditions too, like eczema, hay fever, and sinus problems. Tiny babies who have parents or brothers and sisters with eczema are at greater risk of developing similar allergies.
3. Check your baby for dry skin and eczema
Look at your baby’s skin – is it soft, smooth, and well, like a baby? If you notice dry patches of skin that feel rough and unnatural, even red and itchy looking, these are all signs of possible allergies.
4. Visit your pediatrician if necessary
If your family has a history of allergies, and you notice that Baby has a severe case of eczema, it would be a good idea to have him examined by a doctor and also before you start feeding Baby with the allergenic foods that you get today. Don’t delay.
5. Introduce food allergens in time
It’s a good idea to start introducing your little one to the typical allergy type foods like eggs, dairy, nuts, bananas, kiwi-fruit and the like. Introducing these from as early as 3-4 months when the baby is starting to get onto solid foods and showing interest in them. Timing is also important. Remember that the high allergy foods should only be introduced after other foods have started being giving at home. It would be a wonderful idea if you could try and make all your own baby foods at home. The whole principle of introducing allergy foods early in a baby’s diet is actually very well supported, even though research shows that it has not adequately been explored for all allergy foods.
6. Be alert for symptoms of allergies
A parent needs to watch out for signs that their baby might be showing allergy symptoms. Symptoms might include things like hives, diarrhea, rashes or vomiting. Sometimes babies have their own ways of showing they are irritated by an allergic food – he might grab at his tongue or try and stick his fist into his mouth. The younger the child is, the better the allergy can be reversed.
7. Start offering Baby allergenic foods often
A parent should continuing feeding baby the allergenic foods on a regular basis, and if it goes well, to continue at a rate of at least twice a week.
8. Combine allergen foods as well and also up with the yum-yum foods as well
It’s not always the easiest thing to keep a baby interested in foods, particularly as they get older. But you will be rewarded if you can continue with the allergen foods as well as his
favorite foods. Researchers are thinking that if babies are exposed regularly to the allergen foods in the first 5 years of their life, they can be allergy-free for life! That’s really good news!!
It was actually once thought that it was not a good idea to give babies allergenic foods in their first year of life, but this is not the case any longer. The American Academy of Pediatrics or AAP believe today that it is absolutely in order to give a baby allergen foods from about 4-6 months already as long as they are introduced one at a time and to wait a couple of days in-between before trying another one.
That’s Food – But What about Other Allergies
Have you noticed red spots on your child’s skin when he or she came back from playing at the park?
Did you hear your child sneezing after playing with the cat from the neighbor’s place?
Did you see your other child rubbing his eyes after mowing the lawn?
Those Are Allergies and They Can Be Caused by Many Things
- Insect stings
- Some medications
- Some foods
All children are susceptible to getting allergies and it happens when their immune systems overreact to something that is harmless to someone else. If your child eats, touches, or breathes in these types of allergens, their immune system will release something called histamines. An allergic reaction takes place, and the symptoms can vary from one child to another. They can affect a child’s skin, organs of their body and their respiratory tract. The skin can then become itchy, red, bumpy, scaly and even swollen. When coming into contact with an allergy, these are the typical symptoms:
- Runny or stuffy noses
- Pressure in the face
- Coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing
If the allergy is severe, your child can even develop anaphylaxis which can be often life-threatening. Some people’s airways close and they even have difficulty breathing. Severe symptoms can include things like:
- Tingling sensations in the mouth
- Tongue swelling
Dealing with Allergies
That sounds like allergy season, and you need to help your child be prepared for this by having antihistamine and other medications for allergies on standby during the allergy season. These medications will target the histamine that gets released by the immune system.
2. Watch that pollen
When spring is in the air, so is pollen. Plants and trees are pollinating in springtime and the winds will pick the pollen up and blow it all over the place, even into your home. Most pollen is released in the morning so it might be best to do exercising in the evening time.
3. Smart ways to prevent allergies in your home
- Ditch carpets where dust mites can develop.
- Don’t let your pets sleep on your bed to avoid sniffles from their skin, hair and saliva.
- Maybe think of moving houseplants outside in the spring so that you avoid the mold spires that can find their way into the wet, warm soil.
- Keeping you air-con on (only if filter is clean) prevents pollen from entering the house.
- A damp bathroom breeds mildew which definitely irritates and causes allergies.
- Exercise later if you are used to exercise in early morning when pollen count is at its highest.
- Keep shoes outside after you have wiped them clan outside, so pollen isn’t tramped indoors.
- Maybe time to move from upholstered furniture to leather, and if leather is out of your budget, ditch the fluffy cushions and throws, etc.
- Toys, like fluffy toys need to be washed often to free them from dust mites.
- When you buy new appliances and products for your home, let them air out in the garage or a well ventilated place before you bring them into home, as they can often release organic compounds into the air, causing allergic reactions.
- Let your new vacuum cleaner be one that has the HEPA-rated filters, because these types prevent the dust just spewing back into the air. Maybe you need to wear a dust mask if you have an old type vacuum cleaner.
What to Do with Allergies in Kids
Today, there is a growing demand for niche products that are designed to protect against food intolerances and allergies which are here to stay. Maybe it’s really time to look at what we are eating and how we are living – What do you think?