The incidence of allergy continues to rise steadily1 and, despite much research in this field in recent years, experts conclude there is still much to be understood about this distressing phenomenon and its cause. The first sign of allergy is often eczema – commonly occurring in the first 6 months of life. While not life-threatening, it is distressing for both babies and their parents and can affect the wellbeing of the whole family.
This section includes our selection of the latest research, summaries and articles on allergy. The Allergy Checker – a resource you can use with mums-to-be – estimates the risk of allergy for their newborn, and helps decide whether any precautionary steps should be taken.
- Family history affects the risk of allergy
- If exclusive breastfeeding is not possible, a specialised formula may reduce risk 2,3
- The GINI study shows >50% allergy risk reduction with a specialised formula 4
- A baby is at higher risk of allergy if an immediate relative has an allergy
- It is best to breastfeed a baby at risk
- Howarth PH. Clin Exp Allergy 1998; 28: 2–7.
- Greer FR et al. Pediatrics 2008; 121; 183–191.
- Muraro A et al. Allergy 2014; 69: 590–601.
- von Berg A et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2008; 121: 1442–1447.