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    What You Should Know – Childhood Allergy

    Childhood Allergy  
    The over-reaction of our body immune system towards external substance is termed as allergy. Different body parts react differently. Examples:
     
    Skin: Rashes, Eczema, Hives (red itchy bumps)
    Air passages: Wheezing, Difficulty in breathing, Running nose
    Digestive system:
    (Stomach, Intestines)
    Abdominal cramps, Diarrhea, Vomiting
     
    In our daily life, allergens (that cause allergies) are commonly found in:
     
    • Foods
     
    • Mould
     
    • Detergents
    • Pollen
     
    • Household Dust, Dust mites
     
    • Pet Fur
     
    Food allergy normally occurs as a consequence of the mis-identifications of our body immune system towards the foods eaten. The 8 most commonly found foods that give risk to the reaction are:
     
    Eggs
    Eggs
     
    Peanuts
    Peanuts
     
    Soy
    Soy
     
    Tree Nut (e.g. walnuts, cashews)
    Tree Nut
    (e.g. walnuts, cashews)
     
    Fish
    Fish
     
    Shellfish (e.g. prawn)
    Shellfish
    (e.g. prawn)
     
    Wheat
    Wheat
       
     
    The likelihood of allergic response if often genetically determined. Children with family history of allergy have higher likelihood of developing allergy, particularly food allergy, asthma, atopic eczema and hay fever. It is found that a child has a 70% chance of developing allergy if both parents have the same symptoms of allergy.   Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is common in infants. 5 out of 100 infants and children suffer from CMPA in their first three years of life. It is characterized by skin rashes, diarrhea, vomiting and eczema. Sometimes, but very rare, it can be life threatening.
     
     
      Exclusive breast-feeding for the first 4-6 months is recommended.
     
      If your child is at risk for food allergy and you are breast-feeding him/her, you should also avoid allergenic food in your diet. Allergens may be passed through breast milk to your child.
     
      If your breast-fed child experiences an allergic reaction despite modification of your own diet, consult your doctor. Switch your child to an alternative milk partially or extensive hydrolyzed proteins.
     
      Do not introduce solid food before 4 months of age.
     
      Once you start introducing solid food to your child, do it gradually by adding one new food at a time per week.
     
      It is best to avoid giving potentially allergenic food, such as egg and fish before 12 months or age.
     
    Do not introduce milk products containing whole cow-proteins. Hydrolyzed proteins containing products are better options.
     

    7 Tips If Your Child Is Allergic To Environmental Triggers:

    1.   2.   3.   4.
                 
    Create a clean and dust free environment.   Air and vacuum your child’s mattress regularly.   Avoid wool and feathers. Cotton would be a suitable materials to use.   Wash sheets, curtains and furnishings regularly.
                 
    5.   6.   7.    
                 
    Do not display cut flowers in your child’s room.   Avoid smoking inside the house.   Avoid your child coming into contact with pets.    
     
    Preventions is better than cure, allergy cannot be cure. However, avoiding the offending substance can significantly reduce the occurrence of symptoms.
     
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