Should the FDA add sesame to the current list of food allergens?

Different opinions exist about adding sesame to the FDA food allergen list – we of course respect this – below is a summary of the prevalence of sesame allergy: Only one study world-wide reported on challenge-proven sesame allergy. This is the Food Allergy and Intolerance Research Study (FAIR) from the Isle of Wight. The FAIRContinue reading “Should the FDA add sesame to the current list of food allergens?”

Travelling while following a six food exclusion diet…

During the time that I followed the six food exclusion diet, I also attended conferences, which included travelling in the US and Europe. It was not easy but totally doable.   Breakfast American hotels Breakfasts mainly consisted of oatmeal made with water, fruit/fruit salad and a suitable yogurt, which I packed in my checked bag.Continue reading “Travelling while following a six food exclusion diet…”

Practical Tips for implementing a six-food elimination diet (SFED)

Following a six-food exclusion diet (SFED), which involves avoiding all foods containing the six most common food allergens in the United States, can be challenging for families to implement. It is used to treat some food allergy conditions and eosinophilic gastrointestinal conditions, such as eosinophilic esophagitis. As a dietitian and researcher who works with patientsContinue reading “Practical Tips for implementing a six-food elimination diet (SFED)”

The International Guidelines on Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis and the the driving force behind them

International Consensus Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) were published recently in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. I have summarized the paper and highlighted the most important points in this blog. As much as this paper was a mammoth task led by Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn and Matt Greenhawt,Continue reading “The International Guidelines on Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis and the the driving force behind them”

Common myths regarding food allergy

I recently did a blog on common myths regarding food allergy with Dr David Fleischer, featured on the Asthma Allergies Children website.   Food Allergy Urban Myths: Two Experts Separate Fiction from Fact Thanks to those that have helped to put our list together: Marion Groetch (USA), Berber Vlieg-Boerstra (The Netherlands), Rosan Meyer (France), Hannah HunterContinue reading “Common myths regarding food allergy”

Weaning beyond peanut – part 2

Carina Venter and Rosan Meyer Weaning: Points to take into account when introducing other allergens This is a tricky topic. There are currently no specific guidelines on the introduction of allergens other than peanut. We base the following information on our own clinical experience; taking into account the NIAID guidelines. In order to explain introductionContinue reading “Weaning beyond peanut – part 2”

Weaning beyond peanut – part 1

Carina Venter and Rosan Meyer The previous blog focused on the introduction of peanut in infants following the release of the NIAID guidelines. In the next two blogs blog, we would like to discuss the introduction of solid foods further. Weaning: Points to take into account when introducing solid foods for ALL babies  1. Importance of exposureContinue reading “Weaning beyond peanut – part 1”

Feeding your baby peanuts – Q&A

The new guidelines on “early” introduction of peanuts have received much attention in the past few days. For full background information and specific details, please read the guideline document. The information contained in this blog will serve as a practical guide for parents on introducing peanuts into the infants diet. Weaning or introducing solid foodsContinue reading “Feeding your baby peanuts – Q&A”

Milk Allergies in Kids: Why You Should Actively Encourage Children With Milk Allergies To Have a Varied Intake of Tastes and Textures

It is known that young children with food allergies often exhibit ‘faddy’ or picking eating behaviour. In some presentations of food allergies, such as Eosinophilic Esophagitis, this may even present as a more severe form of faddy eating, referred to as feeding dysfunction. I have often wondered if food exclusion diets during infancy still affectContinue reading “Milk Allergies in Kids: Why You Should Actively Encourage Children With Milk Allergies To Have a Varied Intake of Tastes and Textures”