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My 8-year-old child is very allergic to peanuts. Is he old enough to carry an EpiPen? Dr. Leo - It depends. Some parents train their youngster from a very early age to wear a little backpack or fanny pack (to carry epinephrine) whenever he or she leaves the house. The child grows up accustomed to this idea and sees it as part of everyday life. Other parents dont give that job to their child until they perceive he or she is old enough to handle it responsibly.
In the new study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 65 children who had no reaction to consuming milk baked in a muffin were then gradually exposed to progressively less-heated forms of milk, such as cheese pizza. By the end of the five-year study, 47 percent of children who ate baked milk products were able to tolerate unheated milk (cold skim milk, yogurt and ice cream) versus just 22 percent of children in the comparison group. The team plans to continue its research to determine how best to apply results in a clinical setting. Researchers are also curious if a more rapid introduction of less-heated forms of baked milk would result in even faster tolerance of unheated milk and if findings could be extrapolated to egg allergy.