If allergies run in your family, there are measures you can take to help your child avoid allergies:
- Breastfeed your baby for at least six months. You can increase the benefits of breastfeeding if you avoid eating allergenic foods including milk, eggs, fish, and nuts.
- If you don't nurse, use a hypoallergenic protein hydrolysate formula (made up of protein that's so broken down it's virtually undetectable by the immune system).
Decrease baby's exposure to common allergens by creating a hypoallergenic environment for baby:
- Don't allow smoking in your home
- Use dust-mite-proof mattress covers and pillowcases
- Clean regularly to decrease the concentration of dust, mold, and feathers in your home
- Avoid carpeting (especially in baby's room)
- Keep your home pet-free if possible
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Updated May 2010