A novel treatment which can help children overcome peanut allergies can provide relief from reactions for up to four years, Australian researchers say.
Professor Mimi Tang, from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, developed a treatment where kids with peanut allergies were given a probiotic called lactobacillus rhamnosus, with a peanut protein, once a day for 18 months.They found one month after stopping treatment, more than 80 per cent of children who received the protein and probiotic could tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms at the end of the trial. The same children were then tested four years later. Professor Tang said 70 per cent of the children were still able to eat peanuts without allergic reactions. "These findings suggest our treatment is effective in inducing long-term tolerance, up to four years after completing treatment and is safe," she said. "Two thirds of the treated participants were able to continue regular peanut ingestion and more than half were ingesting moderate-to-large amounts of peanuts on a regular basis." No worries over parties, sleepovers now One of those that successfully took part in the study is 10-year-old Olivia May.