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EXISTING ALLERGIES

ANCHOR LEAD: IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE CHILD WITH FOOD ALLERGIES, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO FOR SUBSEQUENT CHILDREN?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
 
Moms don’t need to restrict certain foods while pregnant or breastfeeding in order to reduce their children’s chances of having food allergies, the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated.  Robert Wood, a pediatric allergy expert at Johns Hopkins, says he still counsels food avoidance for certain circumstances.

WOOD:  The things we still talk about are restricting peanut and tree nuts, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and my belief is the most important thing we can do is early intervention.  That means when the child is a month or two or three old and is already developing significant eczema, we should be addressing that early on with specific dietary recommendations at that point that would say, this child is clearly showing signs that they’re heading in an allergic direction and there may be things we can do at that point to nip things in the bud.             :32

Wood says seeing an expert in such allergies is also important.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 

 


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