Archive for the ‘Babies/Toddlers’ Category

UK baby chosen for peanut allergy study

Posted by SB Anderson on July 22nd, 2007

From the UK’s Scotsman.com: “A baby from West Lothian is taking part in a national study to help discover why children develop an allergy to peanuts. Seven-month-old eczema sufferer Cameron Brydon, from Livingston, has a 20 per cent chance of developing the allergy due to his condition.” Read the details here.

Researchers look for baby volunteers

Posted by SB Anderson on December 21st, 2006

From Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK’s Bounty: “It seems that kids today have more allergies than previous generations and now scientists are attempting to find out what causes children to develop an allergy to peanuts by testing them over seven years….Researchers at Kings College in London will carry out the £5 million study by asking parents of babies aged four to 11-months-old who have been diagnosed with egg allergy or eczema to volunteer.” Read more here.
Another story on the same topic from UK’s Times Online.

Hundreds of babies sought for peanut allergy study

Posted by SB Anderson on December 13th, 2006

From the UK’s The Guardian: “Hundreds of babies are to be fed peanut extracts in a clinical trial to identify factors that put people at risk of developing a dangerous allergy to the nuts in childhood. Researchers at King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals are seeking 480 babies for the trial, which is due to run for seven years, starting early next year.” Read more here.

Many doctors miss milk allergy diagnosis

Posted by SB Anderson on December 12th, 2006

From the UK’s Daily Mail: “The majority of family doctors are missing cows’ milk allergy in babies despite it causing serious health problems, claims a new survey. Four in five GPs are failing to make a correct diagnosis and even when they do spot it, more than half are wrongly recommending soy-based milk instead – which can pose a risk to long-term health. The survey of doctors found most don’t trust their own colleagues to make the correct diagnosis of cows’ milk allergy – the most common allergic condition.” Read more here.

Baby ails until milk allergy diagnosed

Posted by SB Anderson on December 12th, 2006

From the UK’s Stockport Express: “A mother has recounted her living nightmare at seeing her baby daughter’s hair fall out and skin change colour at the hands of a mystery condition. Heidi Gibson, of Whimbrell Road, Offerton, feared for the life of little Hannah after a milk allergy meant she was also vomiting, suffering from chronic diarrhoea, consistently losing weight and constantly agitated.” Read more here.

Respiratory symptoms can predict cow’s milk allergy

Posted by SB Anderson on December 12th, 2006

From Medscape.com: “Most young children who develop an allergy to cow’s milk eventually ‘outgrow’ it within a few years. Experiencing respiratory symptoms with the allergy, however — such as wheezing or runny nose — strongly predicts the likelihood that the allergy will persist considerably longer into childhood. That was the finding of a study presented here at the 52nd annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.” Read more here.

Docs miss diagnosing milk allergy in babies

Posted by SB Anderson on December 12th, 2006

From the UK’s telegraph.co.uk: “Up to 50,000 British babies show symptoms of an allergy to cows’ milk, but the vast majority are being misdiagnosed and suffer unnecessarily, it is claimed today. A survey of 500 health care professionals found that 78 per cent thought colleagues were missing milk allergies, confusing the symptoms with gastroenteritis and colic.” Read more here.

Allergy elimination diet may lead to failure to thrive

Posted by SB Anderson on November 13th, 2006

From Little Falls, NJ’s MedPageToday.com: “Infants who are put on food-elimination diets to avoid allergens could be inadvertently robbed of the proteins and nutrients they need to grow, researchers warned here…In a presentation at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology meeting, the investigators reported on two patients in which the diets robbed the children of so many calories and nutrients that they developed failure to thrive. ” Read more here.

Fermented milk product may protect babies from some FAs

Posted by SB Anderson on October 22nd, 2006

From India’s MedIndia.com: “According to researchers from Taiwan, babies can be protected from certain food allergies by feeding them fermented milk. Kefir, a traditional fermented drink, is generally used as a weaning food. The researchers found that it has ‘friendly’ bacteria that may function in obstructing the pathway involved in allergic responses.” Read more here.

Peanut allergy safety for babies, toddlers

Posted by SB Anderson on September 29th, 2006

From AmericanBaby.com: “Matthew is a 2-year-old boy who first developed a peanut allergy at age 1. He was exclusively breastfed until age 12 months and was not completely weaned until age 18 months. He had developed eczema on his face, arms, and legs at 2 months. The eczema seemed to flare after his mother ate peanut butter and then nursed him. On his first contact with peanut butter, when he touched some on a cracker, he developed swelling of his face, followed by hives all over his body, and required Benadryl and epinephrine in his pediatrician’s office. He has been kept on a strict peanut- and nut-free diet since then, and his mother eliminated peanut products from her diet. He had no problems until he was kissed by a relative who had just eaten a piece of candy containing peanut, and hives erupted where he was kissed.” Read more here.