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Breast Milk is the Gold Standard to Prevent Allergies

Dr Kent Woo Chee Keen. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
Dr Kent Woo Chee Keen. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

KOTA KINABALU – Breastfeeding could counter allergies in children.

This was stated during the the Malaysian Allergy Prevention (MAP) Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals awareness talk today.

A sharing data and findings on the allergy awareness guidelines hosted by the Malaysian Medical Association and Sabah Medical Association was held today at the Le Meridian Hotel.

Dr Kent Woo Chee Keen one of the speakers for the forum shared his examination allergy influences and allergen avoidance strategies.

He who currently practicing at Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur stated that the environment shapes allergy risks.

“A 2012 study suggested children living on a farm were at less risk of developing asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis due to their exposure,” he said.

In his presentation he concluded that breast milk is still the gold standard.

“The guideline recommendation is to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months,” he said.

“Smoking increases the risk for allergic sensitization to inhalant allergies and it worsens asthma,” he said. – SayangSabah

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