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The Allergy March
Young babies who develop food-induced eczema before one year have almost 50 percent risk of developing asthma by age 5 years. This is specifically true of babies who have been exposed to high levels of house dust mite allergens. Another study revealed that children who wheeze before age 3 years and continue to wheeze at age 6 years have diminished lung function and a 2- to 3-fold increased risk of having asthma at age 11 years. These studies indicate that intervention for asthma must be initiated very early in childhood to change the course of history of the disease.

In predisposed infants in the first few months the initial symptom of allergy manifest in the skin as eczema and the severity of the symptoms slowly decrease with age giving the impression that the allergy is getting cured. Often the eczema is followed by allergic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract and when it appears that the symptoms are disappearing respiratory allergic disorder begins. The respiratory allergy initially manifest as rhinitis but soon followed by wheezing often ending up as asthma. This is called the Allergy March. Do not ever be complacent when the child develops an allergic symptom in early life. Immediately find the cause and manage it through avoidance. Early in life management of the allergy will prevent the child developing asthma later in childhood.