good news on milk allergies
Immunologists at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Stanford University School of Medicine in the US have successfully trialled an allergy drug called omalizumab to help children overcome their milk allergy over a 16-week span.
At present there is no safe and effective treatment for allergies, except to avoid the allergen. But avoidance can prove challenging as children share food at school and parties.
“When you try to go on a diet that is completely free of milk, it is very difficult because many foods have a little bit of milk protein in them,” Stanford’s Dr Kari Nadeau says.
“From a practical standpoint, this treatment allowed these patients to increase all types of milk products in their diets; they were able to eat yoghurt, cheese, bread, a muffin.”
About one in 20 Australian children have a food allergy, with reactions to milk being the most common. Symptoms can include wheezing, stomach upsets, rashes, breathing difficulties, vomiting and a runny nose.