February 28, 2017
ARTICLE:

ASCIA Guidelines for the Prevention of Food Allergies

By Dr Pinzon Charry

ASCIA GUIDELINES FOR THE PREVENTION OF FOOD ALLERGIES

Maternal Diet in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Excluding foods from maternal diet in pregnancy or breastfeeding is not recommended
  • Up to 3 serves of oily fish per week may be beneficial. Omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and breastfeeding may help prevent eczema.
  • Probiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding may help prevent eczema. Specific recommendations cannot yet be made because the optimal species and dose is still unclear.
Breastfeeding and use of Infant Formulas
  • Breastfeeding for at least 6 months and as long as mother/infant wish to continue.
  • Breastfeeding during solid food introduction from 4-6 months may help reduce allergies.
  • If breastfeeding is not possible, a cows milk formula can be given. No evidence that soy or goat’s milk formula reduce the risk of allergic disease.
  • Regular cow’s, goat’s milk (or other mammal derived milks), soy milk, nut and cereal beverages are not recommended for infants as the main source of milk before 12 months of age.

 


If your child is experiencing regular symptoms or side effects from allergies, it may be time to seek paediatric specialist care. Make an appointment with Dr Pinzon Charry, call 07 3177 2000 or use the booking form to make an appointment.


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