You are not alone! If your child suffers from allergies, they do so in common with 30% of children in New Zealand. The most common are food, eczema and hayfever.
In searching for ways to curb the growth of allergies, research has revealed a number of risk factors that may increase the chances of having allergies. These include:
► A family history of allergic disease (parent or sibling) ► The introduction of cow/soy milk before 6 months of age ► Birth in spring (this appears to increase the risk of seasonal hayfever) ► Exposure to cigarette smoke (this appears to increase the risk of respiratory symptoms) ► Exposure to dust mites and food allergens in the first 6 months of life