Allergy-Fat Link in Kids
Could certain types of fatty acids be linked to children’s allergies? That’s what one new study tries to work through.
Researchers from Sweden recently found that kids who had high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (or PUFA) in cord blood at birth were more likely to have skin or respiratory allergies by age 13. Specifically, omega-3 and omega-6 PUFAs were in the spotlight.
Sources of those fatty acids include oily fish, eggs, flax, plant-based oils and more. Although researchers are still unsure of the potential connection between the fatty acids and allergies, one theory is that the fatty acids might dampen the immune system in infancy, when certain protection mechanisms are developing.
The researchers behind this study, published in the prestigious journal PLOS ONE, are quick to point out that this doesn’t mean pregnant women and small children shouldn’t eat foods containing these fatty acids. More research is needed, for now.
If your child is developing any of the allergy symptoms listed here, though, be sure to give us a call:
- Nasal congestion
- Itching in the throat or nose
We’re here for you and your child when you want allergy help. We’ll help you find the right solutions for your age and your lifestyle…anytime you need.