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Baby allergy often exaggerated

Baby allergy often exaggerated


A new study shows that moms who fear their babies are suffering from a food allergy, generally get sick, BBC Health News reports.

About 800 babies were monitored for 3 years, and more than a third of their parents claimed that their children suffered from food intolerance.
In fact, only 27 of them suffered from food allergy up to the age of 3 years. Researchers at Portsmouth University have also found that the incidence of food allergies is not increasing.
The babies were examined at the age of 6 months, then at one year, two and the last control was performed at the age of three years.
The researchers say that parents are becoming more informed and tend to put on allergies any irritation, tummy ache or diarrhea.
The appearance of an irritation, itching, tingling or eczema are the main reasons that cause parents to believe that their baby has a food allergy.
The study also shows that babies can be allergic to certain foods and can overcome this intolerance within a year, two. Of the 800 babies participating in the study 5-6%, had an allergic reaction during the 3 years of study, but only 27 of the babies remained allergic.
Gabriela Hotareanu
Editor
January 31, 2008