Can Children's Food Allergies Be Cured?

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

Five year old Brandon Trent's favorite food is chocolate milk. But he can't drink your typical 2%, he has to have rice milk.
"People think he's just gonna get sick or he's lactose intolerant, no he's anifilactically allergic, he will die," says Brandon's father Dwayne.

Brandon's mother Dana spends makes all their food from scratch. "I go through cookbooks all the time looking for any kind of recipe that doesn't have milk, soy, eggs, nuts, which is hard to find."

At only a few months old, Brandon was rushed to the hospital for being in the same room as peanut butter. Then, doctors would not consider Oral Immunotherapy. But a new study brings hope to the Trent family.

"If that worked, they no longer had to worry about going to McDonald's, or going to Ruby Tuesday's or Calhoun's, you could go out and have dinner," says Dwayne.

But some doctors like Dr. Paul Carter with the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Centerb say the study does not prove the allergy can be wiped out completely.

"What they were able to decide from the study was that it was pretty safe giving these kids a very small does of egg in their diet every day to try to use it to desensitize them."

Dana says it would be scary giving her son something that could harm him, but knows it could change their lives.

"It would be nice not to carry the little bag anymore and not to have to worry about him dieing, just from eating a cookie."

Doctor's say this brings great hope for the future.

"Being able to now have the possibility of now having a type of immunotherapy that we can do for people who have food allergy that may be safe enough for them to do," says Dr. Carter.

Dr. Carter says it is not safe to try to give your children small doses at home. it needs to be conducted under the supervision of a specialist, and you should contact your doctor for the best course of action for your child


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