You can't allergy-proof your baby, but you may be able to reduce the likelihood of allergies developing.
The best predictor of whether a child will have food allergies is if her parents or siblings are allergic-not just to food, but to anything. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, if one parent has any kind of allergy, the estimated risk of the child developing allergies is 48 percent; the child's risk grows to 70 percent if both parents have allergies. So if they run in the family, you might want to take some steps to limit your child's exposure to common food allergens. Here are some recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
Don't eat peanuts during pregnancy: It's been shown to increase the incidence of peanut allergy in children. Studies are inconclusive regarding other allergens, such as eggs, milk, and fish--and given the essential role of these foods in providing balanced prenatal nutrition, no dietary restrictions areRead More »from Avoiding food allergies