Those families with a history of allergy in the immediate family should be concerned with the following measures to minimize or prevent allergy in their children. Those families who have allergy on both sides of the family should be especially interested in these preventive measures.
Amount (quantity) counts in the production and prevention of allergy: More of something, by and large, produces allergy sooner than less of something.
During pregnancy it is wise to avoid excessive eating of citrus, wheat, eggs, and possibly cow's milk. However, careful attention must be paid to replacement of these items with suitable foods for nutritional sufficiency. It does little good to deplete the diet and produce a malnourished fetus in order to prevent allergy. Consultation with physician and/or dietition may allow an adequate diet without heavy food allergy risk. It is not wise to diet strictly; it is wise to avoid excesses of the foods mentioned.
During infancy, the use of low-allergy milks (goat's milk, soybean milk, protein hydrolysate, or human breast milk) is recommended for infants who are at a high risk for allergy (see Table 14). Late introduction of solid foods and holding food quantities down to reasonable amounts is advisable. Avoidance of