Food allergies and asthma in children are a big deal. Parents worry about their children having a fatal reaction to a peanut, or whether they won’t have their inhalers on hand if they have a nasty asthma attack at school. Physicians have been busy trying to figure out what causes food allergies and asthma, as well as how to treat it.
At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology in New Orleans, it was announced at a press conference that too much folate during pregnancy could be a cause of allergies. This was news to me, but apparently it is a cause of concern and worthy of a study.
At the meeting’s featured poster session, there was additional information showing that higher plasma folate levels in pregnant women was significantly associated with an increased risk of their children developing asthma at 3 years of age.