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Q: My son has atopic dermatitis. In my husband's family, including him, many of them have asthma but my husband has a mild one. Are there chances of my son getting it. Now I am treating him with homeopathic medicines and there is a good change. My son is 6 months old. I stay in Muscat away from my family and I am totally confused about starting home food like rice and dal for him because he is being treated for atopic dermatitis. I was told that I have to start each and every item slowly. Kindly advise.

A:Atopic dermatitis, Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis (Hay fever) do run in families but it is impossible to predict which person shall develop what, as life progresses. One way of avoiding allergies as far as possible in your child is to breast feed him as long as possible but definitely through the first year. Also avoid exposure to strong smells, smoke and dust. So we do not advise anybody smoking in the child's presence, avoid incense sticks, perfumes and gasoline fumes. At six months of age you should start rice, cereal and after a month of that, wheat cereal too. A week after rice cereal you may introduce banana, then stewed apple, followed by mashed mango, chikoo, dal soup and vegetable soup, squash, spinach soup, carrots, peas, cauliflower etc. The really allergenic foods to watch out for are eggs, chocolates, nuts specially peanuts, and citrus fruits. I hope you can introduce one new food every 5 or 6 days. Avoid dairy milk for a year. I believe I have addressed most of your concerns.


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