Prescription for Milk Allergies? Baked Goods

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Prescription for Milk Allergies

Cooked milk, baked into muffins, could wipe out milk allergies in children faster than just avoiding milk products entirely. Credit: Getty

Not all cures and remedies taste yucky, kids.

For instance, you know what might help you get over your milk allergy? Baked goods!

That's right. Pass the chocolate muffins.

Reuters news service reports cooked milk, baked into muffins, could wipe out milk allergies in children faster than just avoiding milk products entirely. Of course, it still takes years, so you might have to eat a lot of muffins, boys and girls.

Thank researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. They're the ones who found the Muffin Connection.

Bear in mind that a milk allergy is not the same as being lactose intolerant. When you're lactose intolerant, you can't digest milk products. Kids with milk allergies (affecting some 3 percent of children) react to proteins in milk and cheese with everything from mild itching and potentially fatal anaphylactic shock.

Reuters reports kids with milk allergies in the study who were able to tolerate muffins were more likely to grow out of the allergies. According to the news service, there might eventually be a Muffin Test to tell transient allergies from more serious ones.

Researchers gave 88 children with milk allergies between the ages of 2 and 17 baked goods that included milk. Then they compared them to a group of 60 allergic children who simply abstained from milk entirely.

Reuters reports just under half of children in the experimental group were able to consume dairy products such as skim milk or yogurt without having allergic reactions by the end of the study period.

Researcher Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, tells Reuters she is optimistic about the potential of muffins. Cautiously.

"One approach is not right for all children with milk allergy," she adds. "The majority does not need to and should not strictly avoid milk."

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