Recommendations suggest babies be introduced to food allergens around age six months.
Introducing food allergens early is the best way to prevent food allergies from developing. Even in a pandemic, the benefits outweigh the very small risk of a severe reaction requiring emergency care.
If your child has accidentally eaten something you thought they were allergic to, but doesn't have a response, they may have grown out of their food allergy. Here's the safest way to check.
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We used to think the rise in allergies was because we weren't exposed to as many early infections as previous generations. But that's not the case.
Large and small particulates in fire smoke can irritate the the thin lining of the respiratory tract, causing throat irritation, coughing and breathing difficulties.
Bushfire smoke is making it difficult for some people to breathe. Those with asthma are at particular risk, but not everyone with the condition has been diagnosed. Here's what to look out for.
More people are drinking unpasteurised milk but what does the evidence say?
Spring has sprung, which means it’s hay fever season.
If you get hay fever, minimising your exposure to grass pollen is likely to be useful. Fortunately, it's becoming easier to keep track of the pollen count. But what do you do when it's high?
It comes down to the persistence of symptoms.
One in ten Australian kids get hay fever but it can be difficult to differentiate it from the common cold.
Climate change has caused pollen seasons to start sooner and last longer.
Allergic reactions to pollen may occur at different times of the year and for prolonged periods, and this will worsen with climate change.
Kids may need more exposure to dirt and microbes than previously thought.
Can your kids be too clean? Increases in allergies suggest so. But how much dirt is too much? A pediatric allergist explains the fascinating reasons the immune system needs dirt for training.
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Avoiding certain foods risks malnutrition.
Pollen counts focus on the amount of grains in the air, but it could be the species that are more important.
A girl in a field of flowers.
Pollen is ancient, but in recent times, it's getting worse. An allergist offers ways to manage the suffering and enjoy the spring.
Shrimp cocktail: Tasty to some, potentially deadly for others.
Alongside with milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soybeans and fish, shellfish are one of the eight allergens that account for 90% of food-related allergic reactions. What if a vaccine could exist?
Who has a stronger immune system?
Women are more prone to immune-related diseases like allergies and irritable bowel syndrome. But this may be due to the fact that they have super-strong immune systems.
A worrying lack of open-minded research means we do not know exactly why food allergy is on the rise.
Both make you sneeze and give you a runny nose.
You can tell the difference by the colour of your snot.
Don't try this at home, kids.
Unlocking the genetic code of certain grasses could help allergy sufferers.
Media reports have linked baby wipes to childhood allergies but there is no cause for concern.
Reports that a study found baby wipes to be a contributor to childhood allergies were plain wrong. The study didn't test baby wipes, and was done in mice.