Infants who eat a diet that includes fish at the age of six to twelve months have a lower risk of developing asthma-like symptoms than babies who did not consume fish before six months or after one year of age. The research out of the Netherlands was based on a study of more than 7,000 children. The theory is that during this time window, when a child’s immune system is rapidly developing, the introduction of certain fatty acids found in fish may be associated with a reduced risk of asthma.
Some parents and doctors have been hesitant in introducing fish into a child’s diet until later out of concern that they may develop a seafood allergy. However, the research indicates that both a mother’s fish consumption during pregnancy or a baby’s during the six to twelve months period may lower asthma risk by about 36%.
Source, Globe & Mail, Nov. 15, 2012