|THE SNEEZIN' SEASON
How to survive allergies and asthma
May 2, 1997
in this forum:
How can I control and treat my asthma? Is there a relation between the menstral cycle and asthma and allergy symptoms? Can adults develop asthma late in life? What are the hereditary aspects of asthma and allergies? What new drugs are available to treat asthma and allergies? What kinds of allergy testing alternatives are there? Additional comments....
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Rachel Belmont of Mexico City, Mexico, asks:
Is it true that the longer you breast-feed your child, the less likely they are to develop allergies to food and other substances? What medical evidence exists to prove or disprove that old-wives tale?
Allergy and asthma specialist Dr. John Winder responds:
Yes, breast feeding has been shown to confer protection from developing allergies down the road for offspring of allergic parents. Several years ago Dr. Robert Hamburger of the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California published a study about highly allergic couples and prevention of allergies in their children. He showed that dietary avoidance (of strong food allergens) by the pregnant mom combined with subsequent dietary ( egg whites, peanuts and cow's milk) and environmental (dust mites and pets) avoidance in the breast-fed babies cut their odds dramatically for the development of allergies.
You might try calling the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's 800 number (800-842-7777) and ask if they could give you the reference....Good luck.