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Episode 82: Food Allergies & Breastfeeding

, , , , , September 7, 2022

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In this episode, Jacqueline is joined by Dr. David Stukus to talk about common misconceptions when it comes to infants and allergies. Dr. Stukus is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy/Immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Regents for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the Social Media Editor and host of the podcast series for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and is one of twelve invited members for the Joint Task Force for Practice Parameters for Allergy/Immunology.

This episode covers everything from baby acne, eczema, rashes, colic, reflux and poop issues. Dr. Dave Stukus discusses where peanut allergies, food allergies and food intolerances stem from and how to prevent them. He also talks about celiac disease, introducing solid foods, lactose intolerance and cow’s milk protein issues.

If you’ve ever thought that your infant had an allergy or food intolerance, this is an incredibly enlightening episode. Jacqueline and Dr. Stukus talk about the infant immune system, specialty infant formulas, and so much more! Dr. Stukus gives some great resources on where to find local certified allergists, and what allergy testing is available to infants. 

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Misconceptions around allergies and food intolerances
  • All about peanut allergies, milk protein allergies/intolerance, lactose intolerance, and celiac disease
  • The true causes of colic, reflux, skin issues such as rashes and eczema, and more
  • Resources available to you & your baby if you suspect food issues
  • How to introduce solid foods, including which types of food and when to introduce them
  • How the infant immune system develops & works

A glance at this episode:

  • [3:44] Dr. Dave Stukus shares his background 
  • [6:50] Myths and misconceptions with allergies and breastfeeding
  • [10:34] Infant maturation and development of the immune system
  • [13:11] What’s really the cause behind baby acne
  • [15:46] What’s going on in baby’s digestive system in the first few days of life
  • [19:52] Dr. Dave Stukus reviews the variations of stools in infants
  • [23:34] Misconceptions around intolerance vs. tolerance
  • [28:49] Ideal timing for introducing solid foods when talking about the infant digestive system and allergies
  • [34:10] Common misconceptions and what causes eczema
  • [38:29] What kind of testing is available for infants for allergies
  • [44:40] Treatments available for eczema and why moms are hesitant to use steroid cream on their infant
  • [48:09] Dr. Dave Stukus talks on gluten and celiac disease
  • [53:42] How an infant is affected if mom has a food allergy
  • [55:52] Dr. Stukus’s view of reflux and how it pertains to allergies
  • [59:13] How to find a board-certified allergist in your area
  • [1:00:46] Specialty formula and when it should be used


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