If you are one of many parents who feel like there are a lot more childhood illnesses now than there were in your day, then you aren’t wrong. According to university medical anthropology professor and a well-known paediatrician here in the UK, certain childhood illnesses are indeed on the rise. Things such as autism, allergies, eczema, ADHD and allergies are all discussed in the book “What’s Making Our Children Sick?”, and the answer may surprise you.

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The book examines how what kids are eating is affecting their overall health and how food may be contributing to the rise in various illnesses. For those with children who have eczema or asthma, it’s an interesting concept. Could it be that food is what is causing the problem? Let’s dig a little deeper.

How Could Food Be to Blame?

The idea that food could be to blame for so many childhood illnesses is one that the authors Professor Vincanne Adams and Dr Michelle Perro are standing firm behind. Both claim that unless kids are eating food that has been grown at home, or is 100% organic, they are in fact ingesting “toxic ingredients”. They list these ingredients as antibiotics, hormones and pesticides, which can all be harmful to a person’s health.

As for how much these illnesses have risen, when it comes to allergic rhinitis and eczema, they have risen dramatically according to Allergy UK.

Blame It on the Fast Food Diet?

There have also been a lot of studies on how fast food affects children and teenagers when it comes to eczema and asthma. A number of years ago a study was conducted on more than 500,000 children and teens from over 50 different countries and it showed that there was an increase in the risk of severe asthma for those who ate fast food more than three times a week. Clearly fast food is far from natural and organic, which helps to support the research from Adams and Perro.

The fast food included such items as pizza, fries and burgers. Now what made the study really interesting though, was the fact that if these children ate at least three portions of fruit per week, the risk of severe rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema was reduced by 11%.

What to Do About It?

Understanding the triggers of asthma and eczema are important as far as treatment goes, but there are also other steps that can be taken. Asthma is something that will need to be diagnosed and treated by your child’s physician. For eczema, a paediatric dermatologist such as The London Dermatology Centre can offer help. A consultation will be done to provide a diagnosis and then a treatment plan.

Could Be Worth Making Adjustments

So, while research is still being conducted on how food can affect kids in terms of eczema and asthma, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try introducing organic options, and even home-grown products when possible. Even if it doesn’t change their condition, these items are excellent for their overall health.

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