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What increases the chances for an allergic march?

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An allergic march is when some kids get eczema, then food allergies, asthma, then hay fever in a specific order. Some things make that more likely to happen:

There are some things you can do that might lower your child's chances of worsening eczema, asthma, or allergies. Your pediatrician might recommend:

  • Kids who get eczema at a young age may be more likely to have allergies or asthma later.
  • Children with worse eczema symptoms may have higher odds of getting allergies or asthma.
  • Breastfeeding. There's some evidence that doing this for the first 6-12 months of your child’s life may lower her chance of having allergies or asthma later.
  • Dietary changes. If your baby has a high risk of allergies, some doctors recommend changes in diet. You might hold off on solid foods until your baby is at least 6 months old.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Skin Allergy Overview."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Eczema in Children."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)," "Food Allergies."

Demehri, S. , May 19, 2009. PLOS Biology

Zheng, T. , February 2011. Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Research

Van Bever, H.  , April 15, 2008. WAO Journal

University of Iowa Children's Hospital: "Common Additional Questions."

UpToDate: "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (eczema)," "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)," "Role of allergy in atopic dermatitis (eczema)."

World Allergy Organization: "Food Allergy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Skin Allergy Overview."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Eczema in Children."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)," "Food Allergies."

Demehri, S. , May 19, 2009. PLOS Biology

Zheng, T. , February 2011. Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Research

Van Bever, H.  , April 15, 2008. WAO Journal

University of Iowa Children's Hospital: "Common Additional Questions."

UpToDate: "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (eczema)," "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)," "Role of allergy in atopic dermatitis (eczema)."

World Allergy Organization: "Food Allergy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

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