Babies who ate more fruits and vegetables and fewer packaged foods were less likely to develop food allergies in a new study that looked at overall diet patterns instead of just specific foods.
“We have been aware that certain diets seem to reduce the risk of allergy in infants,” said Dr. Magnus Wickman, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, who was not involved in the study.
“The mechanism behind that is that we think that different kinds of fatty acids and antioxidants, different kinds of vitamins and essential minerals are good for your health and also prevent allergy,” he said.
Researchers estimate that up to eight percent of children have a food allergy.
One of the heaviest babies ever born in Germany was born last week at the University Hospital Leipzig.
The baby girl, Jasleen, weighed a whopping 13.47 pounds and measured nearly 23 inches long.
She was born vaginally, not via a C-section, according to a hospital statement.
“We anticipated that the child would be big,” said Holger Stepan, chief of obstetrics. “We prepared in advance by assembling a special team (of doctors and midwives) to be ready for any possible complications.”
He said he’d never before helped in the birth of such a heavy baby.
The girl’s mother suffered from gestational diabetes, which, when untreated or uncontrolled, can cause babies to be born larger than normal.
Her condition was not discovered until the mother checked herself into the hospital while in labor. She had not previously been a patient there.
The hospital said both mother and child are well.
According to the website for Guinness World Records, the heaviest baby — weighing in at more than 23 pounds — was born in Seville, Ohio, on January 19, 1879. He died 11 hours later.
The first test-tube baby to come from an embryo screened for genetic defects using a new, low-cost technique that could improve in-vitro fertilization success rates was born last month and is a healthy boy.
Mother Marybeth Scheidts, 36, told BBC News she had been trying to conceive naturally for four years, and had also attempted artificial insemination.