Winter babies more prone to food allergies

Research throws up interesting results on summer versus winter births

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Babies born in Autumn or Winter are more likely to develop a food allergy than those born in the warmer months, researchers in the US have said.

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Doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston reviewed 1,002 patients with food allergies, and compared them to the birth months of patients without food allergies.

The experts reckon the trend is down to the lack of vitamin D from sunshine in the colder months, as natural exposure to the sun is needed to help develop a child’s immune system, something winter babies get less of at an early age.

Although researchers acknowledge that other factors may contribute to food allergies, such as infections and family history, they think vitamin D deficiency “is a potential risk factor” in the development of food allergies.

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