Is it possible to reduce the risk of food allergies in your children?

Alan Greene, MD, Founder of DrGreene.com, shares advice for parents on how to possibly reduce the risk of food allergies in your children while you are pregnant
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Is it possible to reduce the risk of food allergies in your children?

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So how do you help prevent food allergies? It's best to start when you're pregnant. Avoiding tobacco smoke during pregnancy, during nursing, and for young children helps decrease allergies in general, including food allergies. On the positive side, eating fish when you're pregnant, nursing, and giving fish to your babies before their first birthday will help reduce food allergies. Probiotics are another great thing. Moms having probiotics in her diet, or when nursing, and again for the babies can help reduce food allergies. All great positive things to do. There's no food that's been proven to help by avoiding it for a pregnant or nursing mom, but I suggest avoiding GMO ingredients in your food during pregnancy, nursing, and the baby's first year of life when the immune system is being set. These new foods with new proteins added in them came about the same time that food allergies began to increase, and at least animal studies is suggestive enough that I'm concerned it may be contributing to the rapid rise in food allergies.

Alan Greene, MD, Founder of DrGreene.com, shares advice for parents on how to possibly reduce the risk of food allergies in your children while you are pregnant

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Alan Greene, MD

Founder, DrGreene.com

Dr. Alan Greene founded his website, DrGreene.com, in 1995, cited by the AMA as "the pioneer physician web site." In 2010 he founded the WhiteOut Now movement to change how babies are fed from their very first bite of solid food, and in 2012 he founded TICC TOCC – Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping. He is an author of several books including Feeding Baby Green and appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, and is a regular columnist for Parenting magazine. He is a practicing pediatrician and the father of four.

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