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Will your child outgrow egg allergy?

Posted on April 6th, 2008 by Alison Read 4 Comments - Add Your Own »

egg.jpgRemember the slogan “the incredible edible egg”? Well, not so incredible or edible in my household since my child is allergic to them. I have hopes that she will outgrow her egg allergy, but really, in the back of my mind, I am doubtful.

Kids with egg allergy can become egg tolerant, but the rate that children are developing tolerance to eggs is slower than in the past when it was thought that most children outgrew egg allergy by age 5 or 6. An egg allergy study published in December 2007 concluded the following:

  • 4% of children outgrew egg allergy by age 4
  • 12% of children outgrew egg allergy by age 6
  • 37% of children outgrew egg allergy by age 10
  • 68% of children outgrew egg allergy by age 16

They found that a patient was less likely to outgrow the allergy if they had high IgE antibodies when blood tested for egg allergy, if they had other atopic disease (like eczema or asthma), or if they had other food allergies.

So I guess I will just keep on baking without eggs until things (hopefully) change.

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  1. Doctors at Duke University are working on an oral vaccine for egg allergy. Not sure where you live but they may have more information.

  2. Yeah, these new numbers are a bit surprising. No egg allergies in our household (just milk), but I recently took up vegan baking for fun and actually love baking without eggs. But I feel for you, as simply baking without eggs is much easier than having to read every label and scan every item for eggs.

  3. I have read about the oral vaccines for eggs and peanuts. This is great for kids with serious allergies!

    Thanks to vegans for coming up with egg-free and dairy-free recipes!

  4. IT’S LIKE LIVING WITH FEAR, MY KIDS 3 YR OLD AND 5 YR OLD, ARE BOTH ALLERGIC TO EGGS AND PEANUTS, MY 5 YR OLD STARTED SCHOOL THIS YEAR, AND EVERYDAY I PRAY THAT HER GUARDIAN ANGEL WATCH HER, WHAT SHE EATS, PEOPLE/KIDS SOURROUNDING HER HOPEFULLY REALIZE HOW SERIOUS THIS IS

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