Researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA) are finding new clues to protect children from food allergies.
They found that breastfeeding mothers who eat eggs may help to prevent egg allergies in their children, according to initial data published in Allergy (December 2019). They further highlight in an open-access article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (January 2020) an unexpected and promising target for food allergy prevention by breastfeeding, i.e., house dust mite allergens.
The researchers discovered that acting on some components of these mites, which are found in breastmilk, could dramatically increase the chance of egg allergy prevention in offspring. The researchers, who were supported in part by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, said their findings now need further testing in large randomised control trials.