Tips for Moms-To-Be
Although it isn’t known why some children develop allergies,
the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that moms-to-be can
help prevent or delay the onset of food allergies in their child
by avoiding peanuts and tree nuts during the last 3 months of pregnancy.
New moms are advised to:
These guidelines are especially important for families with a history
of any type of allergy because there appears to be a genetic link
when it comes to food allergies. A child has about a 10% risk of
developing an allergy if neither parent has one. If one parent has
an allergy, a child has a 20 to 50% chance of having it, too. If
both parents have an allergy, the child’s chances
of having it vary from 40% to 100%.
- Breastfeed their babies. Moms with food allergies should avoid
eating highly allergenic foods like peanuts during the months
- Feed babies only breast milk or infant formula until they are
at least 6 months old.
- Hold off on feeding babies milk and milk products until after their
- Wait to serve babies egg whites until after they are 2 years old.
- Keep diets free of peanuts, tree nuts, and fish until children
are at least
3 years old.
Some children outgrow their food allergies, but some do not. Children
have the best chance of outgrowing allergies to eggs, milk, or
soy. They are unlikely to grow out of peanut, tree nut, fish, or
shellfish allergies. Parents should work with their children’s
physicians to manage food allergies and track how they change over