Preventing Allergies


Many children nowadays suffer from allergies. This is a topic that preoccupies many parents and often leaves them at a loss.

We want to change that by passing our knowledge on to you.
Even small measures during pregnancy and breastfeeding could help to reduce the risk of allergies for your little one, or even delay the occurrence of an allergic disease. The best recommendation, however, is not to be overly careful and to listen to your own intuition. Because it has not yet been scientifically proven what the trigger of an allergic reaction really is.

 

Allergy – What is it really?

The immune system of allergy sufferers react to certain allergens (whether it's house dust, chicken eggs, wasp venom or pollen) like a pathogen. Because the body has generated antibodies against the allergen, the immune system may react to defend when ingesting or coming into contact with it. This reaction can be unpredictable, although it is typically harmless. 

Allergy prevention for Babies


For allergy prevention, experts recommend only breast milk in the first four to six months. Especially for children who come from a family with an increased risk of allergies. Breast milk contains certain immune factors that support the development of the child's immune system and promote the maturation of the intestinal mucosa. Scientific studies show that breast milk has an extremely beneficial effect on the colonisation of the intestinal flora. Breast-fed children develop an intestinal flora with a high proportion of health-promoting bifidus bacteria, which among other things strengthen the intestine's natural defense mechanisms. In addition, there are the allergens contained in breast milk from the mother's diet. Through contact, your child's immune system can slowly get used to the allergens.

 


 

Did you know that a large part of what you eat as a pregnant woman ends up in your child's bloodstream via the placental blood? In this way, the baby's immune system gets to know the various substances at an early stage and may later react less sensitively to them. That is why a balanced and varied diet is particularly important for you and your baby. We also recommend that you consume organic products.

 

If you cannot or do not want to breastfeed, experts recommend feeding allergy-prone babies with special HA formula. The low-allergen baby food contains everything your baby needs for development and growth. The proteins it contains have already been broken down to reduce allergenicity.

 


 

Dear mom: Eat healthy and what you like


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To prevent your child's allergies, you don't have to do without certain (e.g. often allergenic) foods. This measure does not reduce your child's risk of allergies, as recent studies show. So you can continue to eat all kinds of vegetables, fish, meat, milk and eggs without hesitation.

Fish lovers watch out! Regular fish consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding can help reduce the occurrence of allergic diseases in babies. Two servings of fish per week are therefore ideal. One of them is a high-fat variety for a good supply of omega-3 and iodine. Herring, mackerel, salmon or sardine are particularly recommended.

You can continue to consume the following foods without hesitation. Provided you do not suffer from a corresponding intolerance or allergy yourself:

  • lots of colorful vegetables and fruits
  • Meat, fish and chicken eggs
  • milk and milk products
  • whole grain products
  • legumes
  • nuts

 

In our Nutrition during pregnancy guide you can find more helpful information, tips and recipes.

Midwife tip no.73


Breast milk can take on the flavors of the foods you have eaten. In this way, your baby will get to know a wide variety of foods while breastfeeding. A versatile meal plan serves as taste training for your baby.

 


 

These factors can promote allergies:

 

  • Air pollutants



As a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, you should not only avoid tobacco smoke, but also air pollutants such as car fumes if possible. Caution is also advised with mold in the apartment. These substances could promote allergic diseases in your baby.

 

  • Stress



During your pregnancy, pay special attention to yourself and your body's signals. Try to avoid stressful situations whenever possible. Take time to rest and do what you enjoy. Family and friends in particular can be of great support to you.

 


 

 

 

Have you ever wondered what the difference between an allergy and an intolerance is? Click here for the article.