I recently read this hysterical blog post about advice regarding healthy sleeping habits for babies. I have a three year old and an 11 month old so it was very relevant for me. I was laughing so hard and had also received the same contradictory advice. I just loved that this mom put it all out there. The advice seems so ridiculous when you see it all in one place. As I was reading, I couldn't help but think about how the same applies to food allergies and the advice and theories we have all heard before. So here we go! ;-)
If you eat nuts while pregnant, you will have a child with nut allergies. But you should eat lots of nuts while pregnant to prevent nut allergies in your child.
If you have a c-section, your child is more likely to have food allergies but there is nothing that shows any link between having a c-section and food allergies.
If your baby is premature then your baby will have food allergies but there is no study confirming that.
If you breast feed your baby, you will protect him or her from having food allergies, but if you breast feed, then you shouldn't eat nuts because then your child will be allergic to them. You shouldn't cut out beneficial foods while breast feeding because you are afraid your kid could develop allergies to them. Nuts are a good source of healthy fats and protein.
GMOs, over sanitizing, fertilizers, pesticides, and vaccines all cause food allergies in children but there is nothing to prove it, and you better not decline vaccines or your kid will catch everything and give it to everyone.
You should Epi your child immediately upon ingestion of a known allergen even if they are not showing any symptoms. Only Epi your child if they are showing signs of an anaphylactic reaction - signs of two or more systems involved.
Give Benadryl if all you see is hives but you shouldn't give Benadryl because it could mask symptoms.
You should always avoid products that are "manufactured in the same facility as," but you don't have to, especially if your child has eaten the product before.
Skin tests are accurate. No, blood tests are more accurate. Actually, you should do both tests every time. Or, maybe not. At least most people agree that if you have a reaction upon ingestion, you are probably allergic!
Introduce common allergens to your child early so that they won't be allergic. Don't expose your child to common allergens early, or they will become allergic. It's better to wait.
Not gonna lie, I had a lot of fun writing this. I am sure many of you have heard even more. The list could go on and on. Leave a comment and tell me what other ridiculously contradictory advice you have received!
Happy Saturday all! Lots of love!