One in 12 children in the United States under the age of 21 has a diagnosed food allergy. (1) Ninety percent of food allergies are caused by cow’s milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish and eggs. (2)
If you suffer from food allergies, your children have a 65 percent chance of inheriting these same food allergies!
If you suffer from food allergies as an adult, your children have a 65 percent chance of inheriting the same food allergy. For many parents, they are already frantically reading labels, making special requests for classroom foods and spending many hours fighting to assure their child does not receive the food items that they are allergic too. (2)
Oral immunotherapy is making ground breaking research that may reverse your child’s food allergies. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that introducing peanuts to infants ages 4-11 months resulted in a reduction of food allergies later in life.(2)
Dr. Kari Nadeau, director of Stanford University’s Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research, reports that the food allergy trend is doubling every ten years. Diversifying your child’s diet early on, with the help of a doctor, can help prevent food allergies.(2)
Oral immunotherapy has a 100 percent success rate at reversing food allergies for those who stayed in the study!
“For everyone who has stayed in the study, the treatment has been 100 percent successful,” says Nadeau. “It turns out that everyone’s immune system is capable of adapting — and surprisingly, it is as true of adults as children.” (3)
In Nadeau’s study, the children are given microdoses, the size of a grain of cinnamon, of foods they were allergic to. The families would then monitor their child for 2 hours following the doses. If the child had an allergic reaction, they would remain on the same dose until their bodies adjusted and then would return for an increased dose. (3)
Pairing oral immunotherapy with counseling can help children manage anxiety related to specific foods
If you are considering trying oral immunotherapy with your child, it may be a good idea to pair this type of treatment with counseling. The reactions associated with these foods often create a trauma response. Memories of past reactions can make oral immunotherapy a challenge. Helping your child work through traumatic experiences from their past, may increase their success with oral immunotherapy.