Friday Dr Q&A with Prof Hugo – Diet & Water

Prof Hugo Van Bever

Prof. Hugo Van Bever is the Head of National University Hospital’s Pediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology Department. He is also an active member of the board APAPARI (Asian Pacific Association of Paediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology) and has published more than 250 papers in national and international journals. His main research interest areas are paediatric allergy and paediatric respiratory infections.

Marcie Mom: Thanks Prof Hugo, for being with us for two months. The last questions for you –

I’ve written in this post some of the food to avoid in pregnancy diet such as vegetable oil, citrus fruits, peanuts, alcohol and smoking. Some foods that can help with eczema include fish or fish oil and oral pro-biotic supplement. Is there any updated research in this area?

Prof Hugo: No – diets during pregnancy have no effect!

Marcie Mom: So, I guess the best diet is still a well-balanced diet. Separately, I give my baby room temperature milk and cold juice/water. This is contentious (particular in Singapore/Asia) and has drawn flak from everyone around me. Eczema children whose trigger is heat seem to like cold water. Why do you think eczema children like their drinks cold?

Prof Hugo: It can be that this preference has nothing to do with eczema.

Marcie Mom: LOL, that’s why we need to ask a doctor! I’ve been thinking it’s because her eczema is triggered by heat and therefore, likes cold drink. I’ve even researched about it in this post!

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