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Study of Australian Children Points to Possible Clue in Curing Peanut Allergy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Australian researchers say they may have come up with a potential treatment for peanut allergy that combines eating peanuts with a probiotic. More studies are needed and parents should not try this at home, the scientists say. Probiotics are sometimes...
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RW ·
Thank you for sharing the citation. I read the abstract as the full text wasn't available. They did not control for peanut component, just skin test wheal size. I wonder why since such a difference has been shown with the components... I'd like to open up a question too as I noticed the study included very young children. I'm a mom with a peanut allergic kid and I want there to be research done, but I'm in an ethical conundrum when it comes to putting my kid in a study. I'm just not sure it...
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Allison ·
Hmmm. Good question! I'm not a doctor, but I can throw out some theories based on conversations I have had with doctors, plus my family's own experience with medical studies. I'm thinking that there may be a difference in how food allergy works or presents in children vs. adults, so the results would not be the same. Logistically, depending on the study, visits may require you to see a doctor somewhat often - it varies on the study. One I just looked at was every two weeks. If you work FT...
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RW ·
Thanks for your thoughtful response! We parents are faced with some difficult choices aren't we? How did you discover you child was allergic to things like mustard and chickpeas? My kid is swearing a Twizzler made her throat hurt, but she's not real trustworthy right now, she eats another flavor of them all the time and the ingredients are identical. I thin she didn't like this flavor and wanted the "yummy medicine" like her brother had moments before when dinner made his mouth itch. We are...
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Allison ·
Mustard - he had a hot dog, which included it as a hidden spice. He threw it up within the hour and had profuse rhinitis as well (sneezing/discharge from nose). We added that to the testing list at his next appointment. Chick peas, I honestly don't remember, it was so long ago. It may have been a rash around his mouth and itchiness. Shellfish is new. He was eating shrimp ok. He didn't really like it but I chopped it up small and gave it to him about once a month. Then I sort of fell off that...
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RW ·
Wow! What a tough journey. I love shrimp but am kind of afraid to try it with my kid. We had a bad experience with trying TN at home. I would advise your friend with the PN daughter to take it in careful steps. I thought my DD was PN only and gave her almonds, it went fine. Then I gave her cashews and we called 911.... First step is peanut component blood test. Apparently there are several different proteins in the peanut one can be allergic to. Some proteins track towards "outgrowing" it,...
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Kathy P ·
Yes, there is what is called "component testing" which can help predict the chances of outgrowing and/or passing an oral challenge based on which proteins you react to. All tree nuts are lumped together, but botanically/allergenically, there are different categories. The big problems is that they are all often processed together making everything cross contaminated. That's why a lot will recommend avoiding all tree nuts and peanuts if you are allergic even to just one. The chances of cross...
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RW ·
She is 6 and loves cooking with me. She's also a great reader and we practice with labels. One thing I've wondered.... Do you know of a book that teaches kids the different names of nuts in a fun way? I learned by eating them, but when you avoid nuts it is hard to teach a kid all the names and shapes to be alert for. Thanks for all the feedback. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this website.
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Kathy P ·
I don't know of any, but maybe others have some ideas. You will get more input if you ask that question on the Main forum .
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Allison ·
I recently conducted a fake food tour via the Internet of various cheeses and nuts my son had to look out for. You could use Google Images.... We used to have a book but it was aimed at toddlers - I can't remember the name of the top of my head.
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RW ·
Is this a published study and do you have a citation? All I can find are new clips like this (that will probably get kids sent to the hospital.)I can't tell from any of the articles I've read say if the study was controlled for peanut component since kids are allergic to different proteins. I also wonder what the side effects were to ingesting that much bacteria. Gut flora is an ecosystem of it's own, and disrupting it may have consequences.
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Allison ·
Hi, thank you for noticing! This is the citation; I read the study and I don't recall if they looked at different components, I would have to check again. We tried to make it clear that this is really just a first step and that parents should never, ever attempt to replicate medical studies at home! The citation is: Administration of a probiotic with peanut oral immunotherapy: A randomized trial Tang, Mimi L.K. et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology A press release to the research...
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