“Food Allergies” – Live on Lakeside

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , /

(upbeat music) – All right, question for you. Does your child have allergies? If so, you’re not alone
and they’re not alone. Allergies do seem to be
increasing in children. – Yeah, you hear about it all the time, but there is a new
treatment that could help. Holly went to Akron Children’s
Hospital to learn more. Take a look. – I’m talking to Dr. Brian Schroer at the Akron Children’s Hospital about the prevalence of food
allergies, and it seems like it’s all you hear about
these days, doctor. What are we seeing as far
as prevalence these days? – Yeah, it’s very clear that the prevalence of food allergies, the rate at which our kids
develop food allergies is increasing as the years go on. So, currently we’re seeing
about eight to 10% of kids who have the potential to have
an anaphylactic type reaction to foods. – Tell me about
immunotherapy, what is that, and how could it be
useful for food allergies? – So, with kids who already have developed some food allergy, be it
peanut or egg or milk, there is now the potential
that a therapy could be used to treat that food allergy. It’s something that has
not been very commonly done in the past, but it’s becoming
more and more prevalent. – Okay. What does the research actually show about this kind of treatment? – Right, so the oral
immunotherapy to foods is currently being studied in a way that is trying to figure out both the benefits and the risks. What we know so far is that,
at least for certain foods, there’s clear evidence that
doing food immunotherapy decreases the risk for the
kids who are on the therapy for having a severe reaction if they accidentally eat the food. It’s not quite as clear that most patients who do this therapy ever
quote, out grow the allergy. So right now, the thought is
that this type of therapy, if it’s done, in most
patients it’s gonna have to be a lifelong type of therapy. In some patients, after
three to five years, they might be able to stop the therapy and then eat the food ad
lib or as they desire, and not end up with another reaction. – So it gives hope! – It is a hope for a situation where we really didn’t have much to offer besides food avoidance,
and recognize and treat a reaction if and when
a reaction occurred. – As a parent myself, and
I think a lot of parents feel this way, we went to school and peanut butter and
jelly was never an issue. It seems like there is such a high amount of it happening, is
there a reason for that? – Yeah, it’s really not very well known exactly why there’s
more food allergies now than there were in the past. It’s certainly multifactorial, and it doesn’t have
anything to do with one particular thing, such as
processed foods or GMOs, it really is a factor where the people who develop food allergies
have a genetic predisposition, and then there’s a lot of
things in our environment, especially in the Westernized worlds like America or Europe or Australia, where food allergies are pretty prevalent, something in that type of environment, in Westernized societies,
that allows our kids to become allergic to things
like eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, and things like that. – Yeah, and advice for parents as far as trying to avoid developing
one of these allergies, would you recommend
introducing things like peanuts to your children? – Yeah, absolutely. When it comes to the
food oral immunotherapy, that’s really meant to treat patients who are already diagnosed,
but wouldn’t it be nice if it could prevent the kid
from developing a food allergy in the first place? Very clear evidence in multiple studies, both for peanut, and now for egg, and studies are being done
for milk and other foods that, if you have a kid who has the potential to develop food allergy,
and those would be kids with say, eczema, or already
have another food allergy, it’s clear that if you wanna
prevent the development of an allergy to a food, you
wanna give that child the food. That means if they’re
not already allergic, eating the peanut, or eating
tree nuts, or eggs or milk, is currently the main recommendation to try and prevent that
kid from becoming allergic in the first place. – [Holly] Doctor, thank you
so much for sitting down and taking the time today. – [Brian] Absolutely, glad to have you. Thanks for having me. – That was fascinating.
– Great information. You know, I got my daughter
tested, who’s three, and it was recommended, and now we know, and she doesn’t have any,
but it’s good I think just to get the kids tested so you know.
– Absolutely! And it sounds too, like it
might not be a bad idea either, to introduce perhaps some
of those foods earlier on. – Right, that’s what were hearing now. – Yeah, that’s so interesting,
we could totally have him on for like a whole hour
– A whole show, right. – and talk all about that. But, we have some really
cool stuff coming up. – Yes, a set of spook-takular dining table is coming up.
– I know, look at that! Well, you know who’s in town. Miss Kristin Gambaccini
is gonna show us how coming up, right up after this. – [Announcer] This segment
of “Live on Lakeside” is sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital.

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