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Mom's diet mirrors child's food allergies

Posted:  Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Food allergens or hereditarily acquired allergies: a study on allergies

Maternal diet has been proved to be the most important source of allergies in a child. An ongoing study on food allergies has fetched astonishing results, it reveals, children develop food allergies from their mothers and if not immediately, the allergies start to appear during later ages. It has also been recorded that the mother’s diet in her earlier stages of life uncovers the reason behind a child’s acquired food allergies. Among all the continents of the world, Europe has the most allergies per person rate. It is said that about 20 million Europeans have the problem of acquired food allergies in different food items. Now the area of concern is to look into the reason for these allergies from a new point of view. One needs to pay special attention to the food intake and diet plans of individuals and especially mothers. Evaluating the nitty-gritty of a mother’s diet and understanding it’s affects on the child’s allergy development is a long term process. Researches show that there is a direct link between the mother’s health habits during her early years and the development of allergies in her child.

Tracking back the source of allergy development

Children, till the age of six years have been carefully monitored to locate what are allergenic foods for them and their resemblance of them to their mother’s. The particular approach is to find a mother’s allergy outcome in her early life and seeing how it can affect her baby’s allergy development pattern. The work may not be an old one, yet the facts that have come out of it are tremendously surprising. For example, in Israel where children consume a lot of nuts during the early years of their life, have very less chances of them developing a nut allergy later in life. However, children in UK are more prone to developing allergies because they are not as used to consuming nuts in the early stages of their life. Therefore, one must not avoid the intake of anything in the earlier stages of life least one turns allergic towards it.

Allergies do not occur in the same way for everyone

It has been seen in a research that allergenic foods work in different ways within the body of different people. If one child is extremely allergenic to nuts within a cookie, he might not be as allergenic to nuts within a cone of ice cream. This fantasising approach helps manufacturers of food to understand eating patterns of consumers who are allergic towards a particular type of food. Now an in-depth research has shown that many a times people do not keep a record of their allergy experiences, although this is an important factor in determining how a person acquires a particular type of allergy.

How maternal allergies affect the allergy patterns of the child

More than food allergens, allergies developed within the mother has a direct effect on the

Child’s allergy development. And the most important reason is breast feeding. The allergies developed within the mother during her pregnancy and breast feeding times, are said to have a huge impact on the child’s allergy patterns later in life. This is because the immunity system is supported by the intake of breast milk in tender ages.