Allergies in Infants Can Be Prevented

Allergy is not only influenced by family history because every baby has an allergy risk to 15 percent. Because of early detection and prevention of onset of symptoms is very important to know.

Children born to parents who have a history of allergies, either one or both parents suffer from allergies are also at high risk.

"In a high-risk infants was necessary precautions. Prevention should be very early or late at all," said Whan Prof.Urlich, expert field Pneumonolgy and Allergology of Germany in the event entitled Primary Prevention of Allergy and Economic Impacts in Jakarta (19 / 3/13).

Urlich explained the importance of primary prevention even before the baby is born. "Pregnant women, especially if there is a history of allergies should avoid exposure to secondhand smoke," he said.

Smoke cigarettes, according to Munir dr.Zakiudin, Sp.A (K), an allergy and immunology consultant from the Faculty of medicine / RSCM Jakarta, can damage the placenta barrier.

"In addition, cigarette smoke also will interfere with lung growth in the fetus so that the child would be at risk of asthma later. Substances in cigarettes are also stimulating cytokines in the body that trigger allergies," said Zakiudin.

Expectant mothers who have allergies are not advised to abstain from foods to prevent allergies in their babies. "Not recommended to abstain from food during pregnancy because it can interfere with the growth of the fetus," says Ulrich.

After delivery, the baby should be breastfed exclusively. "Breast milk contains proteins from the mother's own body so that will not be rejected. Addition, there are substances in breast milk that increase the baby's immunity," said Zakiudin.

He added, abstain from food allergy triggers in breastfeeding mothers may be done if the baby is suffering from allergies. "If there are no symptoms of allergic infants should not have to abstain so that the quality of milk," he said.

In infants who can not be breastfed, partially hydrolyzed infant feeding or milk with a protein that has been hydrolyzed, can prevent the risk of allergies.

"Partially hydrolyzed milk will help the body recognize the protein in milk, but not trigger allergies," says Ulrich.