Passing it on: Your medical history is not your child’s future
MANILA, Philippines – As a parent you pass on many things to your children, from values to quirky mannerisms. Thus, it’s understandable to be set on establishing good habits and developing a strong foundation of health, especially during your child’s early development stages or pre-school years.
Though challenging, setting a good example and embracing your responsibility as a role model help tremendously in passing on values such as love, self-worth, and discipline (READ: What does it take to build a strong foundation for your child?). It’s the same when it comes to health.
If your child sees that you eat well and make time for exercise, there is a good chance that he or she will also develop these good habits. But what about things that seem to be out of your hands, like inheritable conditions?
It’s actually not as beyond your control as you think. There’s still a lot you can do to help spare your child from allergies you may have experienced.
Avoid allergy development
When it comes to your child’s health, it always pays to be on the offensive. This is especially true when preventing the development of allergies.
Take protein allergens for example. Recent studies have shown that incorporating optimized milk proteins to your child’s diet may help provide protection from the development of allergies and other lifelong health risks. Optimized milk proteins or 100% partially hydrolyzed whey proteins are milk proteins that have been broken into smaller, less allergenic pieces. They help your child get the right quality and quantity of proteins needed for growth, with added protection against protein allergies and other health risks like obesity.
Apart from taking control of your child’s diet, another way you can proactively avoid allergies is by protecting your child from tobacco smoke. This is because exposure to second hand smoke is said to increase the risk of developing allergies, asthma and other chronic respiratory illnesses.
Even if your child has not manifested signs of allergies, it’s still beneficial to keep him or her protected during the growing years. One study found that many kids develop airborne allergies anytime between 5 to 11 years old, way after the pre-school years.
If your family has any history of allergies, protecting your child means keeping him away from common allergens such as dust, pet dander, and certain food items. So keep the house clean and free from dust mites. Although a predisposition to allergies may be hereditary, there is much you can do to help keep your child protected.
With adequate nutrition and continued protection throughout the growing years, you can spare your child from allergies and other health problems that can interfere with the fun and joys of childhood.– Rappler.com
- http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/prevention-of allergies-and-asthma-in-children.aspx
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