Managing Egg Allergy 2020

Managing Egg Allergy

 Dr Merryn Netting – Advanced Accredited Pracitising Dietitian – managing egg allergy as part of our Feeding your child with Food Allergies webinar series.

Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in childhood, affecting about 8 percent of infants aged 12 months. 80 percent of these infants are likely to outgrow their egg allergy within the first few years of life. However, a very small number of people have egg allergy for life.

In this webinar, Dr Merryn Netting will discuss:

  • Management of IgE mediated egg allergy, including diagnosis and avoidance
  • Cooking without egg
  • Resolution of egg allergy
  • Egg ladders

View to learn how to manage this allergy day to day and how to make sure your child’s nutritional needs are met.

Webinar recorded: Thursday, 3 December 2020

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Why is it ok for myself to still have egg in my diet while I’m breastfeeding my baby who was IgE mediated, allergic to eggs? She gets eczema when I have eggs in my diet.

My three-year-old is anaphylactic to egg when ingesting and gets hives and swelling when touching the egg without ingestion. Is that an indicator of a child who is unlikely to develop a tolerance and outgrow their allergy?

My son is two years old with multiple allergies, is there somewhere that can provide information on how to education him about his allergies that are age appropriate?

Could you please clarify the risk to a child with egg allergy being in proximity to someone eating or who has eaten raw egg?

How long would you expect an 18-month-old to recover from a baked egg trial that failed with a non-IgE response?

We’ve been told that frying an egg in the home can set off a reaction – is this true?

I struggled to get my child to eat the muffins. Are there other ways to get the baked egg into them?

If you have an IgE egg allergy, do you only generally have the reaction to one of the proteins in the egg, or can you react to multiple of the proteins? So possibly to both the egg white and the yolk?

Have you seen a lot of children impacted by the flu shot when having an egg allergy? Our three-year-old had a flare up of eczema on her face after having the flu shot this year.

Do other allergies affect the likeliness of growing out of egg allergy? If you have an egg and peanut allergy are you more or less likely to grow out of it?

Where can we locate the Health Nut Study to we can review the paper?

What is the purpose of choline and how can we include it in our diet if we’re not eating egg?

Do we need to cook with a special egg-free pan to avoid contamination as the rest of my family eat egg?

Is it possible to have IgE and non IgE to different egg proteins?

Do we know if stress in the mum could cause the child to have an egg allergy or is it elusive? Why does my child have this allergy? Did I eat too many eggs during pregnancy?

Does having asthma mean the episodes of anaphylaxis will be worse?

We have a six-year-old who is allergic. She has a twin and a two-year-old brother. The two-year-old has not tried eggs because we don’t want it in the house. Should we try him or not. He does suffer from eczema.

Do you keep persevering with baked egg challenges after a few failed challenges, 12 months apart or stop and wait longer?


About Dr Merryn Netting…

Dr Merryn NettingMerryn is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and NHMRC Early Career Fellow based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.  Merryn is an experienced paediatric dietitian with over 30 years of clinical experience. Her research is focused on the long-term effects of early life dietary patterns, specifically related to prevention of food allergy. Merryn works closely with A&AA through her work on the National Allergy Strategy steering committee.

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