Milk Every Day for Allergic Kids

Aug 19, 2009
A new study suggests that children, who are allergic to milk and dairy products, may actually need these products on a daily basis.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins Children Centre studied 18 infants with milk allergy, who took part in previous research, where they were gradually given increasing amounts of milk. The children, aged between 6 and 16 months, were diagnosed with severe milk allergy. After constant exposure to milk, the allergic reaction in all children subsided or disappeared.

It took around 3 to 17 months for the kids to consume milk and dairy products safely after daily exposure to these products. Scientists say that immune system of the allergic children became stronger to accept the food they were allergic to.

Robert Wood, the author of the study and director of at Hopkins Children Center, said that in some children milk allergy never returned after treatment even without daily exposure to milk and dairy. However, some children developed allergic reaction again after they stopped drinking milk and eating dairy on a regular basis. This means that these kids will need continuous exposure to milk products to cure this type of food allergy.

The study was published in the recent online issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.