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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

4 Surprising Foods That Affect Your Baby During and After Pregnancy

Here is an interesting article recently featured in Vogue Magazine.

Click the link below for the original article:

Your body goes through a host of changes in pregnancy—as does your diet. You shore up on nutrients you need more of (folate, iron), cut back on options you need less of (refined sugars, caffeine), give up most things raw (fish, cheese), and toast your future little one with sparkling water. In some ways, the pre- and postnatal diet is clean eating at its best. And while many of these food-based principles have been around for decades, researchers continue to examine new associations between maternal nutrition and newborn health—including a number of recent findings that might alter what you decide to put on your plate or skip. Here, four surprising dietary recommendations to have on your radar and discuss with your ob-gyn at checkup time.

1. Consider tabling artificial sweeteners.
A new study published this month in JAMA Pediatrics found that women who consumed at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy were twice as likely to have an overweight child at 1 year of age compared to those who skipped these beverages. “One possible explanation is that our metabolism is programmed in utero, and consistent exposure to these artificial sweeteners could change how your body reacts to actual sugar, causing increased weight gain,” says Meghan Azad, PhD, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of pediatrics and child health at the University of Manitoba. The findings, which are part of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development Study, did not show any correlation with fetal body weight, which suggests the effects of artificial sweeteners could surface later in life and possibly have a lasting impact.

2. Up your intake of PUFAs and probiotics.
Studies show that eating polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and probiotics might decrease risk for allergies. “Newborns first acquire their gut microbiome from their mothers during birth,” explains Azad. This mini ecosystem is filled with microorganisms that keep our immune system robust. PUFAs can improve how certain cells respond to foreign substances while probiotics optimize beneficial bacteria to defend against pathogens. Good sources for PUFAs include walnut oil and flaxseed; for probiotics, look for yogurt and kefir that contain live and active cultures.

3. Embrace all the spices you want.
For years, women were told to eat bland foods while breast-feeding, for fear that spicy ones might discourage a baby from feeding well. Recent studies debunk that theory: In fact, newborns tend to feed longer when their mothers have a diet that includes aromatic flavors, such as garlic and vanilla. “Babies will [nurse] longer when they’re exposed to all sorts of flavors,” says Julie Mennella, PhD, a biopsychologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center who has authored numerous studies on the subject. “Their sensory and brain development is geared toward this—babies are really open to learning about new foods.” And the more varied your meals are, the most likely it is your baby will accept novel foods, too.

4. Don’t skimp on choline.
Folate, iron, and calcium usually top the list of pregnancy super-nutrients. But recent studies show most women—including those in high-income countries—do not get adequate levels of choline, a key nutrient that’s important for fetal brain development, says nutritionist Linda Sebelia, RD, an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island. Good sources include eggs, tofu, lean beef, and Brussels sprouts. Aim for 450 milligrams a day if you’re pregnant and 550 milligrams a day if you’re breast-feeding.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Children's Allergy and Asthma Centre Celebrates World Asthma Day!

The CAAEC is launching this short animated video on World Asthma Day. The YouTube video promotes regular use of controller medication to achieve and maintain optimal asthma control. It's short, it's fun, and promotes an important message!

Happy World Asthma Day!
Follow the link below.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Recall of Allergjct Jr and Regular by Sanofi

See the link below regarding a recall of all Allerjects. All Allerject auto-injectors should be taken to the nearest pharmacy to be exchanged with an alternate auto-injector.

Patients are instructed to continue to carry their Allerject auto-injector with them at all times and to use it if needed until it has been exchanged.

Health Canada

Friday, May 22, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Removal of peanut allergen from common hospital surfaces, toys and books using standard cleaning methods.

Introduction: In children, a diagnosis of peanut allergy causes concern about accidental exposure because even small amounts of peanut protein could trigger an allergic reaction. Contamination of toys, books or other items by peanut butter in areas where individuals have eaten may occur in hospital waiting rooms and cafeterias.

Research Question: Will cleaning with regular household cleaning products or hospital wipes remove peanut allergen from common surfaces?

What they did: Peanut butter was smeared on several; surfaces including table tops, toys and books. The objects were then wiped using a common household wipe. The objects were then tested for the presence of peanut allergen.

The same experiment was performed using 2 different types of hospital wipes.

Results: No peanut allergen was found after wiping with the common household wipes and the hospital wipes.

Conclusions: Common household and hospital cleaning wipes can be used to remove peanut allergen from table surfaces, toys or books.

Regular cleaning of these products or cleaning prior to their use should be promoted to reduce the risk of accidental peanut exposure, especially in areas where they have been used by many children.

Removal of peanut allergen Ara h 1 from common hospital surfaces, toys and books using standard cleaning methods. Wade TA Watson, AnnMarie Woodrow and Andrew W Stadnyk: Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 2015, 11:4 (23 January 2015)