As well as ORIGINS long-term core research, there are a number of clinical trials, early interventions and shorter-term research studies that sit within ORIGINS. Known as sub-projects, these studies look at multiple aspects of child and family health and development.
Does the amount of eggs and peanuts a mother eats during pregnancy and breastfeeding have an influence on whether her baby will develop an egg or peanut food allergy?
By age one, 10% of babies will develop a food allergy, with egg and peanut the most common allergic foods.
We have recently discovered that regular inclusion of egg and peanut in solid foods can reduce food allergies, however this is too late for some babies.
We are now trying to answer the question of whether the amount of eggs and peanuts a mother eats during pregnancy and breastfeeding has an influence on reducing the chances her baby will develop an egg or peanut food allergy.
Women who are less than 23 weeks gestation can enroll into the PrEggNut Study to be involved during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
We are aiming to recruit between 200 and 300 PrEggNut Study participants.
We are looking for families with two or more family members (mother, father, brother or sister of the new expected baby) who have had either eczema, asthma, hay fever and/or a food allergy.
Participation in PrEggNut involves the mother being allocated to a diet containing different amounts of eggs and peanuts. Participants receive complementary peanuts and peanut butter, breastfeeding advice if needed, and dietary education on the introduction of solid foods to their baby.
PrEggNut Chief Investigator, Dr Debbie Palmer, appeared on Channel 7's Sunrise program to discuss the changing advice for parents on food allergies. Dr Palmer discusses the changing approach, learned from initial findings from her work leading sub-projects PrEggNut & SYMBA, of introducing common allergen foods during pregancy or earlier in childhood to prevent the development of allergies. Watch the broadcast
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Dr Debbie Palmer discusses the importance of allergy research