Baked Milk Immunotherapy May Help Kids With Cow's Milk Allergy
Children with severe cow's milk allergy may be able to safely tolerate small amounts of baked milk after 12 months of oral immunotherapy, new research suggests. The small, ongoing clinical trial has enabled some participants — all of whom reacted to less than a tablespoon of baked milk at baseline — to begin incorporating baked milk products into everyday diets and to eat in restaurants with less fear of allergic reactions, reported study author Jennifer Dantzer, MD, MHS, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
@kakali About 2% to 3% of preschool-age children are affected by cow's milk allergy. Children often outgrow it, but for about 20% of children, it persists into adolescence and adulthood. The only current management approaches are avoidance and emergency medications to treat reactions. But for those with severe milk allergy who react to even trace amounts of milk in any form, the now-routine clinical practice of introducing baked milk isn't an option, Dantzer said. The new trial stood out from prior research by using lower starting doses and a more gradual dose escalation of extensively heated milk to determine if oral immunotherapy could be safer but still effective.