KOTA KINABALU –One in every five children in Malaysia are at risk of developing allergies.
The President of the Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI) Dr Amir Hamzah Abdul Latiff who is among one of the panel of the Malaysian Allergy Prevention (MAP) Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals said this during a forum at the Le Meridian, Hotel, today.
In his presentation he stated that it is difficult to predict who will get allergy; therefore allergy risk reduction (ART) should be considered for all children.
Dr. Amir who is currently a Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Immunologst & Allergist at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur shared that the latest allergy risk statistics is from a new study conducted by an independent research company.
“The study surveyed a total of 10,189 pregnant women, who volunteer for an allergy screening programme conducted in Klang Valley obstetrics & Gynaecology clinics.”
“Allergic conditions impact the individual, their family members and the healthcare system. If both parents have an allergic condition, their child may have a 50-80 percent risk of having an allergic condition. Yet, if both parents have no allergies, their child still runs a 15 per cent risk of being allergic later in life,” he said. – SayangSabah.