Allergies occur when your child's immune system has made an allergic response to a substance in the environment called an allergen. Allergens include airborne allergens (from dust mites, cats and dogs, pollen and moulds) and food allergens. Find out more about allergies, eczema and some answers to common questions about feeding new foods to babies who are at risk of allergies.

Child with allergy blowing nose

Research shows that giving your baby the common allergy causing foods before they turn one can greatly reduce the risk of them developing an allergy to that food.

Allergies happen when your child's immune system overreacts to a substance (called an allergen) which is harmless to most people.

Eczema is a dry skin condition. You can usually control your child's eczema by using lots of moisturiser, a bath once a day and using steroids when your child's skin has active eczema.

Is your child getting enough calcium? If your child has to avoid dairy products for their cow's milk allergy, make sure they are eating enough other foods containing calcium.

Some handy hints on how to include calcium in your child's diet if they are allergic to cow's milk.