Not eating nuts, eggs during pregnancy can cut risk of child having allergies

Are you pregnant? Worried about you baby developing dangerous peanut or egg allergies?

Maybe you already have an allergic child. Well, if you don’t eat peanuts and eggs late in your pregnancy, you could significantly reduce the risk your baby will develop allergies to the foods, according to an Australian study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in New Orleans.

The researchers from Royal Price Alfred Hospital in Camperdown, Australia gave “comprehensive” diet advice to mothers of 274 children with food allergies about avoiding certain foods late in pregnancy, while breast feeding, and beyond. Then the researchers evaluated the children born to those women at 18 months and three years of age.

They found that the kids of mothers who followed the dietary advice were significantly less likely to develop allergies to the food. At 18 months of age 9 percent of the kids whose mothers avoided peanuts developed allergies compared with 36 percent of those whose mothers didn’t follow the advice. Similarly, 23 percent in the avoidance group developed egg allergies compared with 50 percent of those born to mothers who didn’t follow that approach.

The researchers concluded that “comprehensive dietary and environmental avoidance measures were shown to significantly reduce the prevalence of peanut and egg sensitization at both 18 months and three years of age.”