Prof. Hugo Van Bever is the Head of National University Hospital’s Pediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology Department. He is also an active member of the board APAPARI (Asian Pacific Association of Paediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology) and has published more than 250 papers in national and international journals. His main research interest areas are paediatric allergy and paediatric respiratory infections.
Marcie Mom: Today’s question is one that I have personal experience with – switching to partially hydrolysed milk when Marcie was diagnosed with eczema.
Some research showed that giving babies partially hydrolyzed milk may reduce chance of milk allergy. I understand that it doesn’t alter the allergic profile of a child but may reduce chances of allergy as part of the milk protein is broken down. What is an allergic profile (is it part of DNA)?
Prof Hugo: Hydrolysed milks can prevent cow’s milk allergy: that’s all. They have no effect on the long-term development of allergy. An allergic profile refers to the clinical presentation of allergy, and has nothing to do with DNA.
Marcie Mom: I also read that restricting a food in early childhood and introducing it later may lead to even more serious allergic reaction. What’s your understanding of how the same food allergy could progress from childhood to adulthood?
This is very individual and still confusing, because an intervention cannot be beneficial for all children, but should be tailored. More research on this is needed.
Marcie Mom: Thanks! It’s good for parents to know that restricting food does not guarantee works for every child. Do consult your doctor before restricting a child’s diet.