Some children avoid peanuts despite negative oral food challenges

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - 9:00 AM

Peanut allergy

Children from families with a history of allergic conditions may avoid peanut ingestion even after they have had negative oral food challenges, according to a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

Targeted strategies may encourage these families to include peanut in their diets, CFAR Associate Investigator Professor Rachel Peters and Omega Wai-Yan Leong said.

“Given the paradigm shift in food allergy prevention from widespread allergen avoidance in infancy to active introduction, unnecessary allergen avoidance following a negative oral food challenge is a significant concern,” the researchers said.

The study found about one in 10 children avoided peanut and one in five infrequently ingested peanut after a negative oral food challenge.

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