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Allergies in Children - Inherited Or Acquired?

Allergy to children is more common today than it was 50 years ago, leaving one to question whether the allergy was acquired or inherited. Although most doctors believe that offspring are a leading factor in childhood allergy, recent studies show that there are steps that parents can take to reduce the risk of allergies in children.

One possible reason for the increase in children with allergies is the significant reduction in the number of newborns. Breastfeeding builds immunity to allergens, something the formula cannot provide. Although breast-fed children can still develop allergies, the chances are lower than for formula-fed milk. Studies also show that the longer children are given breast milk, the lower their risk. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics has reviewed its policy to recommend breastfeeding for at least one year, and longer if desired. It also shows that exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months is optimal. This means that breastfeeding is not supplemented by food or formula or any other form of nutrition.

Another factor contributing to the increased allergy in children is the introduction of early solid foods into their diet. When a solid is given to a baby before its digestive system fully develops, it weakens the immune system because the body has to work hard to digest food. It has been proven to cause allergies, especially to foods.

So while it may be possible for your grandma to pass through the bloodstream, the good news is that there are still steps you can take to reduce or prevent allergies in your enjoyment.



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