ANCHOR LEAD: IF YOU’RE THE PARENT OF A CHILD WHO’S ALLERGIC TO MILK AND EGGS, DON’T LOOK FOR RELIEF TOO SOON, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTSChildren who are allergic to milk and eggs don’t outgrow their allergies nearly as fast as previous studies say, a Johns Hopkins study led by Robert Wood, a pediatric allergy expert, concludes.
WOOD: We found that the chance of outgrowing the allergy and the length of time that it would take to get there were dramatically than what had been published previously, for example, whereas the old studies said that most milk allergy was outgrown by the age of three or four, we only had about 20% who had outgrown their milk allergy by the age of three or four. The previous studies said that most everyone would outgrow it by the age of six or seven, we were still in a small minority outgrowing it by the age of six or seven. :27
Wood says that parents and pediatricians need to look for objective evidence, such as may be provided by blood tests, that their child’s allergy is lessening before introducing these foods into their diet. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.