Children, who had been fed breast milk for first six months, are at greater risk of being infected with nut allergies. The revelation has been made by a group of researchers from the Australian National University.
The study, which has been published in the International Journal of Pediatrics, has found a link between breastfeeding and nut allergies. In order to reach at the above given result, the study researchers surveyed parents, whose children had just taken admission in schools.
They used the ACT Kindergarten Health Check Questionnaire to know more on the topic. Certain questions that were being asked in the questionnaire, were feeding habits of children, any type of allergy they have suffered and especially, nut allergy.
After assessing the answers of parents, it was found that children, who just had breast milk for the first six months, were at greater risk to suffer from nut allergies.
Lead author Marjan Kljakovic, who is a professor at the ANU Medical School said, “Our results contribute to the argument that breast feeding alone does not appear to be protective against nut allergy in children - it may, in fact, be causative”. The study researchers were of the view that the subject needs further investigation.
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