3. Get Your Kid Allergy Shots
If your child has allergies, treatment with immunotherapy – either shots or under-the-tongue drops – may help protect her from developing asthma.
4. Breastfeed For At Least Four Months
5. Hold Off On Solid Foods
Your child should be at least 6 months old before eating cereal or other solid foods.
6. Skip Acid-blocking Meds While You’re Pregnant
Researchers find that taking medications like H2 blockers such as cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid), and ranitidine (Zantac) or proton-pump inhibitors such as omeprazole (Prilosec) and esomeprazole (Nexium) during pregnancy increase the risk of asthma in infants by more than 50 percent.
7. Limit Exposure To Dust Mites
British researchers who followed 120 children from birth through age 8 found that those who were breastfed and had limited exposure to mites due to the use of mattress covers and pesticides were 76 percent less likely to have allergies by age 8.