Including fish in the diet of an infant before nine months of age may reduce the risk of developing eczema by 25 per cent. according to data from 4921 infants that apperas in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Parents of the infants of six-month old babies were quizzed about their child's diet and any evidence of allergic eczema. The parents were quizzed again when the children reached 12 months of age. At six months of age, 13 per cent of the children had developed eczema. At 12 months of age, the figure had risen to 20 per cent. Symptoms first appeared after an average of four months. Nature rather than nurture was found to exert the greatest affect, with children born into families with a history of the condition being twice as likely to be affected by the age of 12 months, said the researchers. However, nurture did appear to exert an effect when the researchers considered the introduction of fish into the diet before the age of nine months.
Bonnie - I bet this has allergists dumbfounded considering fish is considered a top allergen under the age of 2.