HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.


An allergy is an inappropriate reaction by the body?s immune system to normally harmless substances such as pollen, cat and dog fur, house dust mites, and some foods - most commonly dairy products, seafood, wheat, eggs, peanuts. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can vary but could include itchy skin or a rash, itchy eyes, wheezing, swelling. In rare cases the allergy can produce an extreme and life threatening reaction or anaphylactic shock. Common allergic conditions are hay fever, asthma, eczema and urticaria (also referred to as hives/nettle rash). Visit the British Allergy Foundation for more information:

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