Milk protein allergies are very common these days. If you have food allergies or milk allergy or did as a child, and you are a mother to be, or have a newborn baby, this information might be especially helpful.
Some Useful Information And Facts:
- The chances of your child having milk protein allergy or food allergies increases 30% and if both parents of the child has food allergies it increases 50 to 70%.
- Milk protein allergies are very common among children and many times they will outgrow it, but for some children it remains through adulthood and the reactions can even be life threatening.
- According to Israeli researchers, milk allergies could be prevented when a baby is fed cow’s milk within the first 14 days of life. Scientists believe the reason that the exposure to cow’s milk helps is that the body builds up an immunity the same way vaccines provide protection against certain other allergies.
- Please do not misunderstand and think that you should not breast feed your baby. There is much evident that breast-fed babies are essentially much healthier and there are many advantages for mother and child. This idea is only to supplement with cow’s milk not replace breast milk.
- Unfortunately, there is not yet enough conclusive evidence yet about exactly how much cow’s milk is needed for this protective effect. Some pediatricians suggest starting at birth with one bottle of cow’s milk a day. If you have an older baby that you are breastfeeding, it may still be worth adding some cow’s milk into their diet to possibly avoid a future milk protein allergy.
- This information was included in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in July of 2010, but this study contradicts the current advice of (WHO)World Health Organization and some other public health groups who advise that babies should be exclusively breast-fed for the first 6 months of life or longer, when possible.
- The Tel Aviv scientists stress that supplementing breast milk with cow’s milk during the first 14 days offer the best of both scenarios. The conclusion of the researchers after studying the data from 13,000 children are—- that those who had cow’s milk exposure within the first 14 days of life seemed to completely avoid the risk of later developing a milk allergy. The older babies that were exposed to cows milk reduced their risk by 19%.
I hope this information has been helpful and I would strongly recommend that before making a decision you talk it over with your pediatrician and ask his advise and recommendations. We all want to help our children have the healthiest life possible!
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