Today the BBC is reporting that parents who think their babies have a food allergy are “wrong”.
More than 800 babies were monitored for three years, and more than a third of their parents, mainly mothers, said their child had a food intolerance. But just 27 were allergic to any food at the age of three, and fewer than 60 had a food allergy at any stage.
Carina Venter, a dietician and senior researcher at the University, spent three years studying nearly all the babies born in one year on the Isle of Wight. The babies were studied at six months, one, two and three years of age.
Dr Venter said: “People have become more aware of food allergies, particularly of peanut allergy.
“Mums tend to put down every rash, tummy ache, diarrhoea and crying to food allergy or intolerance.”
The study, funded by the Food Standards Agency, found parents jump to the conclusion of a food allergy far too quickly.
The appearance of a rash, itching or developing hives or eczema, were the main reasons parents decided their child had a food intolerance. A tummy ache, vomiting, wheeziness and coughing were also factors.
The study also found babies could be allergic to some foods and outgrow this intolerance within a year or two – between 5% and 6% of babies had an allergic reaction to some foods at some point in the three years, but just 27 were left with allergies at the age of three.
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