Dr Bill Franklin “grandfather of allergy”

Dr Bill Franklin recently celebrated his 107th birthday and as an expert in allergies, was asked what practical steps parents could take to protect their children from allergies.

He highlighted that genetics plays a part in around 30% of allergies but that 70% are due to the environment.

He talked about parents smoking and whether the family live near a road and therefore the children breath in pollution.

But he also highlighted the importance of breast feeding as well as vaginal birthing, where clinically possible. There is increasing research into the importance of the newborn baby passing through the vagina/birth canal, and picking up on important bacteria – we call this the seeding of the newborn microbiome.

Both breast feeding and vaginal birth helps to properly prime the newborn baby’s immune system.