What can you do as a parent to prevent or slow the development of allergic diseases?
Become or remain a non-smoker, do not smoke during pregnancy, breastfeeding or in rooms where children are present.
Exclusively feed your infant with breast milk for the first six months. In the next six months continue breastfeeding while beginning to implement solid food.
Feed yourself and your child with a high quality and complete nutrition, including raw fruits and vegetables at least one time daily. All products should be fresh and from organic farms. Fast food has been identified as one of the causes for the increased prevalence of asthma.
Create a healthy living environment: avoid chipboard wood, pvc-floors, wood-protectant or other chemicals in living quarters. Air out living spaces several times per day, including the winter months.
Clothe your children healthily: choose natural and uncolored cotton products for layers that have direct skin contact.
Avoid baby-swimming: chlorine gases in public swimming pools irritate the skin and mucous membranes, and can lead to the development of allergic diseases.
Be cautious with vaccinations: delaying vaccination into the second year of a child’s life can reduce the risk of developing asthma. Experiencing certain illnesses (e.g. chickenpox) reduces the risk of developing allergic diseases.
Practice restraint with fever reducing medicines: Antipyretics as well as antibiotics in the first year of life, raise the risk of developing allergic diseases.
Avoid exaggerated hygiene: do not overly disinfect. Children do not need to be bathed daily. Linens do no need to be changed daily. A child may also eat sand occasionally!
Help out the general cause for cleaner air: avoid driving your car unnecessarily; engage yourself for a healthier environment.