Assessing and Managing IgE-mediated Food Allergies in Children

Assessing and Managing IgE-mediated Food Allergies in Children

More than one-third of children with an IgE-mediated food allergy will react on their first known ingestion of a food. Exclusion diets should only be undertaken with specialist advice because they may inadvertently worsen the child’s situation. Foods already tolerated in the child’s diet should not be removed if a skin prick test or serum-specific immunoglobulin E to that food is positive but there are no clinical signs of allergy to that food. New evidence suggests that early introduction and regular ingestion of certain allergenic foods significantly reduces the risk of developing food allergy.

Modern Medicine – Dec/Jan 2019