Tips to Prevent Allergies in Children

Not only does it make your little one fussy, allergic reactions that very often appear can interfere with health conditions and the process of growth and development. 

Therefore, Mama and Papa need to take allergy prevention steps in children from an early age, by:

1.Provide exclusive breastmilk

A number of health experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months to reduce the risk of allergic reactions in children. Breast milk is known to contain antibodies and compounds that can control the body's reaction to allergens, thereby preventing allergic reactions.

If you cannot provide exclusive breastfeeding for some reason, you can give your little one partial hydrolyzed formula (PFH). This type of formula contains protein that has been processed in such a way that the risk of causing allergies is minimal.

In addition to this special cow's milk, you can also provide milk with vegetable ingredients, such as soy milk, wheat milk, almond milk, or rice milk.

However, before choosing breastmilk substitutes, make sure that the nutritional content is in accordance with the needs and age of your little one, Mama.

2. Provide complementary foods gradually  according to age

The introduction of solid complementary foods to breast milk in infants needs to be done gradually according to their age. If it is done too early or too late, it can increase the risk of allergies in children. .The recommended complementary feeding is starting at 6 months of age.

3. Recognizing and avoiding allergic triggers

So that allergy symptoms in children do not appear, it is necessary to first know what allergy triggers in children are so that they can be avoided. Allergens (allergens) can include:

  • Dust and pollution, such as cigarette smoke and vehicle fumes.
  • Certain foods or drinks, such as eggs, cow's milk, nuts, and seafood.
  • Cold and dry air.
  • Certain chemical substances, such as perfume, soap, or drugs.
  • Animal hair.
  • Stress.

Therefore, to prevent allergy symptoms from appearing in your little one, Mama and Papa can do the following:

  • Keep your little one away from exposure to cigarette smoke, either at home or outside.
  • Do not let it inhale smelly perfumes, powders, or paints.
  • Do not keep furry animals or poultry in the house. If you have pets, don't let them into the house, let alone the bedroom.
  • Protect your little one with a blanket or warm and comfortable clothes when the air is cold.
  • wash sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and bolsters every week with a special detergent for children to kill mites and germs that have the potential to cause allergies.

If Mama and Papa are having trouble determining factors that trigger allergies in your little one, the first step that can be done is to take a test at the Allergy Risk Screener. This test can help Mama and Papa know the risk of your Little One's allergy based on a family history of allergies.

Allergy Risk Screener gives results in the form of a large percentage of a child's allergy risk by answering questions about allergy history, one of which is about symptoms that have been experienced by Mama, Papa, or siblings. .Next, take the test results to the pediatrician for proper precautions.

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