Preventing Food Allergies in Children


Our Saturday green news brings you the latest on health, parenting and cool baby and kid products:

food allergy , kids health

Photo courtesy of Nikki Tysoe via Flickr

  • Preventing food allergies in children: According to a new research from the UK known as “LEAP” (learning early about peanut allergy), that was inspired by observation of Israeli children, who regularly eat snacks containing peanut butter produced in Israel known as Bamba, children who ate peanuts were 86 percent less likely to develop an allergy. Researchers divided 617 infants with a high risk of developing a peanut allergy into two groups-one group was given to eat small quantities of Bamba between 4 and 11 months old until they turned 5, and the other group was assigned to avoid peanuts completely. But how can parents predict whether their baby will develop a food allergy? According to Susan Raschal, an allergist at Covenant Allergy and Asthma Care in Chattanooga, Tennessee, having an allergic sibling means a child is seven times more likely to develop an allergy. Eczema and asthma indicate a higher risk, and some allergists think having a parent with a food allergy might make a child more susceptible too. Parents of such children should consult a specialist before introducing any potentially problematic foods, that could lead to an allergy. Raschal adds: “It’s critical to know the signs of an allergic reaction. Look for hives, swelling around lips and eyes, coughing, wheezing, vomiting, red skin and a runny nose or other asthma symptoms.”
  • Production of breast milk linked to insulin: According to a new study from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of California Davis, recently published in the journal PLOS ONE, insulin plays an essential role in production of breast milk. It’s the first study describing how the human mammary gland becomes highly sensitive to insulin during lactation and also painting an accurate picture of how specific genes are switched on during the process. For a long time, insulin was not thought to play a direct role in regulating the milk-making cells of the human breast, because insulin is not needed for these cells to take in sugars, such as glucose. As Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, RD, IBCLC, a scientist at Cincinnati Children’s and corresponding author of the study, explained:  “This new study shows a dramatic switching on of the insulin receptor and its downstream signals during the breast’s transition to a biofactory that manufactures massive amounts of proteins, fats and carbohydrates for nourishing the newborn baby.”
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Get Living Green with Baby in your inbox!