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Allergy and conception month linked

The development of an allergy in a child could be linked to the season in which he/she was conceived, according to a study.

The research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, says that babies who spend their first three months in the womb during the spring have a higher chance of suffering from allergies to food such as eggs and milk.

According to the study, 11% of children who are in their 11th week of growth in the womb around April to May are more likely to suffer from a food allergy.

The Finnish research of 5,973 children born between April 2001 and March 2006 also showed that, on the whole, the April/May category is three times more likely to develop milk and egg allergies than the December/January category.

Experts also confirmed the link between food allergies and pollen, showing that the levels of birch and alder pollen were at their highest during April to May.

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Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

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"I don't think so, my two girls were born in Jan And in May. Born in Jan do not have allergy to milk or eggs but the born in May Had allergy to egg white for years but did not like the taste of milk shown no allergy" - Naheeda, Glasgow