pregnancy3The Question: What’s the impact of maternal dairy intake during pregnancy on childhood allergies?

The Study: In this study from Japan, the dairy, calcium and vitamin D intake during pregnancy and the incidence of allergic disorders of 1,354 mother-child pairs was determined. The children were 23-29 months old. The allergic disorders included eczema and asthma.

The Results: Higher maternal intake of dairy products, cheese, yogurt and calcium was associated with a reduction in the incidence of eczema and asthma in their offspring. Higher maternal intake of vitamin D was associated with an increased incidence of infantile eczema.

Comment: This study is a reminder that everything a pregnant woman eats may affect her developing child. It also reinforces that excessive vitamin intake may be detrimental to health.

Read More: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Epidemiology, 07/14

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