Eating fish reduces risk of child eczema and asthma

06 December 2019

Children should be introduced to fish or cod liver oil from about a year old, research suggests, after showing that those who ate fish early had a significantly reduced risk of eczema, wheezing and asthma.

Eating fish at least once a week at one year of age was associated with a 28% reduction in the odds of eczema, 40% in asthma and 34% in wheezing, at six years old.

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology used data from 4000 families, comparing children who ate fish at least once a week until they were two years old with children who consumed less.

Lead author Torbjørn Øien, whose study appeared in Nutrients, said: ‘[Eating fish] is more significant than the mother’s intake of fish and cod liver oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding or the child’s intake at two years, which do not appear to have the same protective effect.’

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