In my practice I often find such parents worrying about how to prevent asthma in their newborn child, especially if they already have a child with asthma.
The truth is that we really do not know of any sure shot way to prevent this from happening, but here are a few things that can help;
- breast-feeding- exclusively for 6 months
- maternal dietary restriction during breastfeeding - avoiding foods with potential for allergy like milk, nuts, wheat, egg etc. (these maybe avoided during pregnancy also in certain cases with the doctor's consent)
- late introduction of solids and allergenic foods (milk, nuts, wheat, egg) - again indtroduction of solids after 6 months and allergenic foods probably after 1 year
- and the use of hypoallergenic infant formulas (this is a new concept, and is still not FDA approved)