Allergy Clinic Pretoria

Allergy Clinic Pretoria

Allergy Clinic Pretoria – Many children and adults suffer from allergies without knowing the reason behind the symptoms.

You may suspect that your child has an allergy but perhaps do not know what to do about it. Guidance on avoidance, appropriate treatment and where possible, desensitization can relieve symptoms and significantly improve the quality of life of the allergy sufferer and his/her family.

An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system reacts to a substance that is normally considered to be safe, for example animal dander, pollen and certain foods such as wheat, milk or eggs. Such a reaction can cause:

  • Runny, itchy or stuffed nose
  • Wheezing, coughing, trouble breathing
  • Skin rash, eczema, hives
  • Swollen lips, tongue, face
  • Nausea, vomiting

MEDAHEAD ALLERGY CENTRE provides a comprehensive allergy evaluation. We use scientifically proven diagnostic tests to determine if you or your child have allergies and which allergens are responsible for the allergy.

Should you like to know whether you or your child have allergies or if you need more information on how to manage your allergies, contact Dr. Carien Murray at the MEDAHEAD ALLERGY CENTRE.

Allergy Clinic Pretoria

Allergy Clinic Pretoria – Dr. Carien Murray

Allergy Clinic Pretoria - Dr. Carien Murray
MBChB, MPharmMed, MScSportsMed, Dip Allergology

PHONE : 012 816 8210

Allergy Clinic Pretoria – Garsfontein Clinic – Baby Wellness

012 998 7023

Prevention of allergies and introduction of solids

“The incidence of allergy is increasing rapidly. This is probably due to a combination of factors, of which increasing environmental pollution, the urbanisation of previously rural communities; cigarette smoking in the home and artificial feeding methods in infancy is important causes.”

According to new research (ESPGHAN), delaying the feeding of solids and eliminating certain foods, have no allergy preventative effect on babies and children.

Breast feeding has a protective effect on high-risk babies and may delay the development of allergies.

On the other hand, The World health organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months.

Allergy Clinic Pretoria – Prevention of the Allergic proses

Allergy Clinic Pretoria – In the past, doctors recommended lengthy delays in introducing certain food to high risk babies. However, recent research has shown that delaying the introduction of allergic foods may actually increase the risk of developing severe food allergies.

Allergenic foods (dairy, soya, wheat, egg, nuts and fish) should be introduced between 17 – 26 weeks.

Exclusive breastfeeding, or hypo allergenic formula is recommended before 4-6 months.

“Gut sampling” with gluten and wheat, is recommended before 6 months (very small amount 1x or 2x per week) Grains are difficult to digest due to shortage of enzyme AMYLAZE. Undigested food can lead to damage of the delicate intestinal lining. If damage occurs, extra mucus is produced for protection, fussiness, bloating, gas and foul smelling stools.

Allergy Clinic Pretoria – List of potential allergy-producing foods

Vegetables:      Tomato, Carrot, Potato, Garlic, Onion, Peas.

Fruit:                Oranges, Strawberries, Apples. (Bananas cause phlegm!!)

Nuts:                Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Brazil nuts.

Cereal:             Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats, Maize/corn, Rice Buckwheat.

Meat:                Beef.

Dairy:               Milk, Cheese, Butter.

Egg:                 Egg white.

Sundry:             Sesame seed, soybean, Yeast, Coconut, White bean.

Fish:                 Crab, Shrimp, Blue mussels, Tuna, Salmon.

These foods should be carefully introduce with skin test first, then small amount to be repeated after 4 days.

“The intestine of the infant during the first 4 – 6 months of his life is very porous.  This means that foreign proteins in allergy producing foods are easily absorbed from the intestine into the blood. This allowed the early process of allergy to begin.

Ideally, depending on your baby’s weight and physical milestones, solids should be introduced between 17 – 26 weeks. Baby should be weighed very regular at your clinic with a step-wise and gradual introduction solid foods.

Whatever else, your baby should not be allowed to be hungry or starve!

Allergy Clinic Pretoria – INTRODUCTION OF SOLIDS

– Snacks can spoil your baby’s appetite for important antibody building foods, and can make her overweight.

– Start with a small amount, 1 tsp (5 gr) at a time and build up gradually, (2-3 baby tsp full.).

– Only one new food 4 – 7 days to determine reactions.

– Start with new food in the morning (in case the foods cause cramping).

– No added salt, sugars or fat, oil or butter.

– Organic food is always better!  No chemicals, – insecticides and better nutrition.

– Read labels – no preservatives, colourings.

– Milk before solids for the first 9 months.

– Introduce proteins after 9 months. Too high concentration protein at a too young age, can place a strain on the kidneys and can also lead to adult obesity.

– Grains are difficult to digest.

– Start with pureed food, but the consistency should gradually become coarser. Change textures age appropriately.

6-8 Months

Milk feeds stays 1000ml/24hours, breast feeding stays the same. Milk feeds during night on demand. If solids agree with the baby, change formula milk over to nr. 2 for more than 6 months. Breast milk babies must start with iron supplementation.























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4 tsp Pumpkin




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Now, if there are no allergic reactions or signs of poor digestion, the appetite can lead (± one teaspoon per month of age.)


New foods to try

Avocado pear, all the pumpkins, baby marrow (peeled), beetroot, peaches, prunes, dates, guava, mango, litchi and kiwi. Start to make nice combinations with the food, try new food every 4 days.

After 8-9 months

Fresh spinach, green beans, broccoli and cauliflower (introduce with care for it can cause wind.)

Give dark green vegetables with midday meal. Start to mash food with fork.

After 9 months

Reduce milk feeds to 800 ml/24 hours; try to cut out night feeds (also with breast feeding).

If baby wakes up, offer a sip of water from a cup. (try to stop” suck – sleep” connection)

Add protein to diet.

Coarser foods and different textures.

Baby must try finger foods.

Chicken, lamb, egg (if not sensitive to egg), Yoghurt and white cheese (if not sensitive to dairy).

Plant proteins like soya mince, lentils, chickpeas, pulses and beans, soya yoghurt (Woolworths).

Holle teething biscuits and Holle or Olle, Hipp organic porridges.

After 1 year

Reduce milk feeds to 600 ml/24 hours.

Add seeds to diet for added nutrition.

Baby will now be on a full diet with family foods.

Still try to prevent chemicals in the food e.g. colouring, preservatives and flavoring.

Limit sugars as it will suppress the immunity.

Enjoy this new stage in your child’s life.  Allergy Clinic Pretoria – A battle over food is a waste of time, energy and emotion. Make mealtimes a positive experience.