Allergy and pregnancy - When the child is there ...

When the child is there ...

Allergy sufferers should breastfeed because breast milk is the best food for the child. For babies of allergy sufferers breastfeeding is even more important: The children have an increased risk of allergies. Exclusive breastfeeding during the first four to six months prevents this risk. Allergy sufferers and in particular asthmatics during lactation do not have to give up necessary medications. To be on the safe side, a short consultation with the allergologically trained specialist is recommended.

Prevent allergic diseases in the child

For the prevention of allergic diseases in children of allergy-affected mothers advise the Doctors Association of German Allergists (DA) and the German Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI):

  • Exclusive breastfeeding in the first four, if possible first six months.
  • If breast-feeding is not possible: nutrition of the child with hypoallergenic baby food.
  • On strong allergy-triggering food (eg nuts, eggs, fish), the mother should only do without breastfeeding, if a full nutrition is guaranteed.
  • No complementary food until the fourth month of life.
  • Avoidance of active and passive smoking.
  • No cats, rabbits and guinea pigs or other animals with fur in the household.
  • Reduce exposure to house dust mites.
  • Prevent mold growth in the home.
  • Vaccinate children according to the recommendations of the STIKO (Standing Vaccination Commission at the Robert Koch Institute).
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