Doctors in Cambridge, UK are about to embark on a three-year study that they believe could lead to a treatment for peanut allergies in kids.
A new trial funded by the Department of Health’s Institute of Health Research will involve more than 100 seven to 17-year-olds. Kids will be given ever-increasing doses of peanut flour mixed into yogurt–up to the equivalent of 5 nuts a day.
An earlier, similar study of 23 kids resulted in 20 of them being able to tolerate 30 peanuts per day after a year.
Doctors feel that this larger study could determine whether this approach is truly viable. If successful, they feel treatment will be available in 2-3 years.
If this works, a lot of parents out there will breathe a sigh of relief. No more anxiously poring over food labels. Grilling restaurant servers about each and every ingredient in each and every dish would be a thing of the past. Let’s hope that they’re on the right track.