Dairy intake during pregnancy reduced children’s eczema, asthma risks
A new study is suggesting that consuming dairy while pregnant was associated with a lower risk for infant atopic dermatitis/eczema, asthma and childhood atopic dermatitis/eczema.
Japanese researchers looked at 1,354 mother-child pairs to see if there is an association between the consumption of dairy, calcium and vitamin D during pregnancy and child allergic diseases in children ages 23-29 months. The researchers administered a diet history survey to the mothers to determine dairy intake during pregnancy. The researchers also had the mothers fill out a questionnaire defined by the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood and also looked at physician-diagnosed asthma and atopic eczema in the children studied.
Higher intake of dairy products were significantly associated with a reduced risk for infant atopic dermatitis/eczema. There was also a lower risk for physician-diagnosed asthma for infants from a higher intake of cheese by the mother during pregnancy.
The intake of calcium and yogurt during pregnancy presented inverse associations with physician-diagnosed baby atopic dermatitis/eczema. There was a significant correlation between maternal vitamin D intake and baby atopic dermatitis/eczema.
This Japanese study suggests that higher consumption of dairy products by pregnant women can lower the risk of baby eczema, physician-diagnosed asthma and physician-diagnosed atopic dermatitis/eczema. The researchers concluded that “Higher maternal intake of vitamin D during pregnancy may increase the risk of infantile eczema in the last 12 months. Further well-designed prebirth cohort studies with accurate assessment of dietary habits during pregnancy and childhood allergic disorders are required to confirm these findings.”
What does this mean for you? If you plan to get pregnant or are pregnant consider increasing your intake of dairy and talk to your doctor about a vitamin D supplement. Studies of vitamin D show a relationship with atopic dermatitis/eczema. Individuals with higher levels of vitamin D in their bodies show a lower risk for atopic dermatitis/eczema. It’s always good to check with your doctor or your child’s doctor before administering new vitamins.
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