Asthma prevention actually begins in the womb. Here’s what you can do to reduce the risk that your child will develop asthma.
1. Follow The Right Diet While Pregnant
That means one high in foods rich in vitamin E (wheat germ, sardines, egg yolk, and nuts) and zinc (red meat and shellfish). These nutrients influence lung and immune system development. At least two studies find that low levels during pregnancy can increase the risk of allergies and asthma in children. Also include fatty fish like salmon, herring, or sardines twice a week or take a daily fish-oil supplement (after checking with your doctor). Studies find that getting the healthy fats in fish and in fish oil during pregnancy reduces the baby’s risk of asthma, possibly by leading to healthier immune system development. Skip fish sticks, however, which can actually increase the risk of asthma in your child, perhaps because of the high levels of inflammatory trans fats some brands contain.
2. Stop Smoking
The link exposure to secondhand smoke in childhood and asthma is strong and undeniable.