Atopy is a medical term that refers to an allergy for which there is a genetic predisposition. Typically atopic disease will manifest as asthma, rhinitis, and chronic skin disease like eczema and hives.
Over the past several decades there has been an increasing rate of atopic disease. Among children aged 4 years and younger, the incidence of asthma has increased 160% and the incidence of atopic dermatitis has increased a dramatic 200-300%.
So what can parents do to lessen their child’s chance of getting an atopic disease? Studies show that the number one thing is breastfeeding. Breast feeding at least for the first 4 months of life is very beneficial.
If your child happens to suffer from an atopic disease homeopathy is usually very effective in either curing or dramatically lessening the symptoms.