Hounds, Fevers & Fish-oil...Not a Country Song
...but the latest agents that keep infant allergies at bay. Babies fare better against allergens, apparently, when they're burning up. Prevention.com sites that:
About one-quarter (207) of the children had suffered at least one documented fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more; this group was less likely to suffer from allergies now (as measured by atopy, serotopy, and allergic sensitization). And children who had had two such fevers were less likely to suffer allergies than those who had only one.
And don't forget fish-oil, says nutritionist Leslie Beck:
The theory is that because omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, they may affect the developing immune system in a way that makes it less prone to allergic reaction, according to study author Dr. Susan L. Prescott of the University of Western Australia in Perth.
According to the study authors, it's possible that the rise in allergic disease over the past few decades could be related, in part, to a decline in omega-3 fats in the Western diet. Fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines are a prime source of omega-3s; the fats are also found in certain vegetable sources, such as canola oil and flax seed.
University of Cincinnati researchers found that children were two times less likely to wheeze when they lived in homes with high levels of endotoxins (natural compounds produced by pathogens) and more than one dog. And if you're already setting up the dog pen next to your playpen, maybe consider adopting a (fertile) dachshund...word is they're dwindling.