Injection-free treatment for milk and peanut allergies?

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Media

By ingesting small, doctor-monitored quantities of peanuts and nuts, kids can be immunized against potentially deadly peanut allergies, according to a new study. By taking medically supervised doses of nuts, doctors hope that they can safely desensitize the bodies of peanut-allergic children and allow them to eventually safely eat them. It makes perfect sense, really -- this is the way vaccines have worked for years, why not nuts?

In the same vein, new studies suggest that injection-free treatments may also work for milk -- and that four out of five children who are allergic to milk, egg or wheat may be able to safely start eating those foods by school age.

The same study also suggested that women who eat a lot of peanuts and drink a lot of milk during pregnancy, may actually protect their unborn baby against future food allergies. The research is quite compelling, but I'm not so sure: I drank boat loads of milk when I was pregnant (it was the Holy Grail of Goodness for me and I'd down a 4-liter container in a few days) and my son's been allergic since day one. But it is encouraging that a "cure" for allergies might be available, without all the scary needles.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.