Oral Immunotherapy Is Ideal For Peanut-Allergic Preschoolers

Posted: Aug 13 2016, 4:58am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Oral Immunotherapy is Ideal for Peanut-Allergic Preschoolers
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  • Oral Immunotherapy is Ideal for Preschool Children Suffering from Peanut Allergies

The experts say that oral immunotherapy is ideal for preschool children suffering from peanut allergies. They seem to respond to it with alacrity.

A vast majority of the peanut allergy sufferers among preschool children responded well to oral immunotherapy. They could enjoy all the peanut butter sandwiches they wanted after undergoing the oral immunotherapy (OIT).

The clinical test discovered the fact that by eating small portions of peanut protein on a daily basis, the preschoolers increased their immunity by several percentage points.

Both low dosage and high dosage OIT worked well with thes tiny tots. The suppression of an allergic response to peanuts was very real in this experiment which was a success.

Several agencies funded the research. There have already been studies with older children as subjects. They show in a very clear manner that peanut OIT packs a powerful punch. It can prevent anaphylaxis which is something that is quite dangerous.

OIT can even be a life-saving procedure. Especially by giving peanut OIT to little children, they could have their allergic reactions to peanuts extinguished in a natural and normal way. Then they can munch away at the peanuts in a Snickers bar to their heart’s content.

The study involved 40 preschoolers with peanut allergy. Their ages ranged from 9 months old to 36 months old. They were assigned to two groups. One group was given high dosage peanut OIT.

They were given 3000 mg of peanut protein daily. The other one was given a low dosage peanut OIT. Their daily intake of peanut protein was merely 300 mg.

Of course, there were some minor side effects as are to be expected with any treatment no matter how safe and benign. These included stomach pain and other mild discomforts and symptoms that went away with the passage of time.

After receiving the OIT for 29 months, the children in the study avoided peanuts for a month’s duration. Then they gradually began bringing it back into their diet.

Over 80% of the participants in the study managed to make the transition to normal peanut eating. They were home-free and footloose as far as eating peanuts was concerned.

There were no more peanut allergy symptoms in them. The OIT group was 19 times more successful in reintroducing peanuts in their diet than those who had avoided peanuts for a long time.

Thus peanut OIT has been a remarkable experiment that has proven to be the real deal in warding off food allergies among preschoolers.

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