Monday, February 22, 2010

Mother's Diet May Prevent Infant Allergies



Why do some kids get allergies and some don't? A new study published in Allergy 2010 may give us some answers. The women who ate more green and yellow vegetables, citrus and high beta carotene while they were pregnant had fewer babies with eczema. They also found that foods high in vitamin E lessened the risk of having a wheezy baby.

The researchers from Fukuoka University in Japan studied 763 pregnant women and evaluated their fruit and vegetable intake during pregnancy. The women averaged 30 years of age and were 17 weeks pregnant at enrollment. (average gestational time is 40 weeks). After controlling for exposure to smoke, number of older siblings and breastfeeding history, they found that women who ate more vegies, citrus fruits or beta carotene were less apt to have an infant with eczema. (54 vs 32 infants).

Like other studies from the U.S. and U.K., these researchers showed higher intake of Vitamin E reduced the likelihood of having a wheezy infant.

These are pretty easy steps for pregnant women to take and may make a difference in the health of the baby.

14 comments:

MrKhan Tech said...
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khairul said...

I think fasting is the best way

cynthia bailey md said...

This is not a surprise. All of us who have breast fed our infants know that they get what we eat, for better or worse. The foods we eat matter to our health in so many ways beyond pleasure and entertainment. Thanks for making this study accessible to your readers.
Regards, Cynthia Bailey MD
http://www.otbskincare.com/blog/

Veronica Waks MD, ND said...

i twitted this post
thank you

Anonymous said...

Khairul. Fasting is not safe or healthy for a pregnant woman carrying a developing baby to have a normal out come.

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