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What You Should Know about the Maternal Diet-Kid Allergy Link (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Listen, I confess that I really am not up on the latest information about food allergies for babies, children, or adults. I should be given I am raising three of my own children and they all have seasonal allergies and are susceptible, perhaps, to developing other types of allergies.

The research, data and studies conflict one another and can be overwhelming. XTend, a New Zealand-based company which is the world’s leading manufacturers and sellers of high quality health supplements and skincare products, offered to help me out by sharing with me the results of a recent study it conducted of over 400 mothers to ascertain what are the common misconceptions they hold about allergies.

Here is the good news: I am not alone, most moms, including pregnant women, are blase or clueless, so I don’t feel like I am the only “bad mom.”

Here is the bad news: I am not alone, most moms, including pregnant women, are blase or clueless. We shouldn’t be. You can check out some of the survey results that are summarized over at XTend’s website here; and give a scan to this handy infographic they assembled for those of us who are overwhelmed with information and learn better with visuals. (* raises hand *)

Women who are expecting need to know how what they eat while they are pregnant can impact their child’s dietary restrictions after born.

Allergies and the Maternal Diet

6 Tips for Coping with Allergies While Pregnant

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It’s that season again! Spring brings all sorts of great things like warmer weather and nicer days but it also is the season for allergies. Not fun if you are pregnant. Experiment with a nasal saline spray. A nasal saline is just salt water that helps to fight against worsening of allergies during pregnancies. Besides, they are not harmful to the fetus. Spray the nasal saline spray into the nostrils and blow your nose after a minute.

Here is our curated tips  help them cope with allergies during pregnancy:

  1. Experiment with a nasal saline spray. A nasal saline is just salt water that helps to fight against worsening of allergies during pregnancies. Besides, they are not harmful to the fetus. Spray the nasal saline spray into the nostrils and blow your nose after a minute.
  2. Use nasal irrigation with the help of a neti pot. Nasal irrigation helps to flush all the sinus passages out with the help of salt water. Fill the neti pot with a warm salt water solution and flush each nostril out with it.
  3. Using a humidifier at night to fill the air with moisture helps to relieve pressure and pain that is associated with the allergies.
  4. Use a medicated nasal spray to experience the best results. Medicated nasal sprays help especially when you start using them before the actual onset of the allergies. Consult your doctor about nasal sprays before using one to ensure that the use of one does not hamper the fetus.
  5. Allergy medication is a good option provided the other options fail though this option must be avoided during the first trimester. Consult your doctor to find an allergy medication that will work for you during the second and third trimester.
  6. If you had been using allergy shots before pregnancy, you can continue using them during pregnancy. It is, however, not recommended to start allergy shots after getting pregnant.

The key to coping with allergies during pregnancy is taking proper medications. Ensure that you talk to your doctor about medication during pregnancy.

 

Tips for coping with allergies while pregnant



It’s that season again! Spring brings all sorts of great things like warmer weather and nicer days but it also is the season for allergies. Not fun if you are pregnant. OnlyMyHealth recently shared a list of tips for pregnant women to help them cope with allergies during pregnancy:
  • Experiment with a nasal saline spray. A nasal saline is just salt water that helps to fight against worsening of allergies during pregnancies. Besides, they are not harmful to the fetus. Spray the nasal saline spray into the nostrils and blow your nose after a minute.
  • Use nasal irrigation with the help of a neti pot. Nasal irrigation helps to flush all the sinus passages out with the help of salt water. Fill the neti pot with a warm salt water solution and flush each nostril out with it.
  • Using a humidifier at night to fill the air with moisture helps to relieve pressure and pain that is associated with the allergies.
  • Use a medicated nasal spray to experience the best results. Medicated nasal sprays help especially when you start using them before the actual onset of the allergies. Consult your doctor about nasal sprays before using one to ensure that the use of one does not hamper the fetus.
  • Allergy medication is a good option provided the other options fail though this option must be avoided during the first trimester. Consult your doctor to find an allergy medication that will work for you during the second and third trimester.
  • If you had been using allergy shots before pregnancy, you can continue using them during pregnancy. It is, however, not recommended to start allergy shots after getting pregnant.

The key to coping with allergies during pregnancy is taking proper medications. Ensure that you talk to your doctor about medication during pregnancy.

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8 ways to tell if your kid has allergies

Do you ever wonder how you can tell the difference between if your child is just dealing with a cold or if they’re suffering from allergies?  If you do suspect that your child has allergies, then how do you determine if they are mild or serious?  
No one likes to run around with a runny nose all the time, so it might be beneficial to determine how serious your child’s allergies are and then seek treatment if necessary.  Allergies are commonly passed from parent to child so chances are if you are seriously allergic to something it’s important to watch your child for the same symptoms.  Check out 8 ways to tell your child may have serious allergies.
Swelling of a different body part: Many people are allergic to bee stings, especially yellow jackets.  A less severe allergic reaction would be if the area that was stung swells up shortly after the sting and then the swelling goes down over time.  A more serious allergic reaction to a bee sting would be if another part of the body swells up instead of or in addition to the area that was stung.  This typically includes, but certainly is not limited to, the throat. If this type of swelling occurs you should probably seek medical attention quickly.

  1. Breathing difficulties: Asthma-like breathing trouble can result from having severe allergies. Usually if your child has been running around and is then having breathing difficulties signs point to it being related to asthma and not an allergic reaction, though you should definitely check this out with your doctor before self-diagnosing. If a person is exposed to an allergen such as nuts, eggs, milk or soy and then starts having trouble breathing this may be a sign of a serious allergy, and you should immediately take the child to the emergency room. 
  2. Rash or hives: Suffering from rashes or hives can be an indication of either a minor allergy or a more serious one.  It is never a good idea to ignore hives or rashes.  Usually these are the result of an allergy to a certain medication, and stopping use of the medicine will often stop the reaction.  In the case of a quick reaction, or if the hives are accompanied by other symptoms, this could be signs of a serious allergy.  A rash can also result from coming into contact with an allergen.
  3. Throat swelling: A pretty obvious sign of a serious allergy is the throat swelling closed and the child having trouble breathing or swallowing.  A shot from an Epi pen may be the child’s only hope if the swelling is happening very quickly.  It’s very important to give the shot properly to avoid further complications from the epinephrine in the shot.  Throat swelling can result from insect stings, food allergies and medication allergies just to name a few, so it’s important to have your child tested for any major allergies.
  4. Sweating: Profuse sweating and breathing hard, experienced not as a result of exercise, could be a sign of a serious allergic reaction to something.  This allergy could be environmental so try to identify if the child was exposed to something unusual that could have caused a severe allergic reaction.
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