Primary Prevention of Food Allergy

  • Ann Marie Kumfer
  • Scott P. ComminsEmail author
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (William Dolen, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Pediatric Allergy and Immunology


Purpose of Review

The goal of this review is to present an updated summary of the various approaches to prevent childhood food allergies and report recent advances in potential prevention trials for food allergy.

Recent Findings

Several approaches related to maternal dietary supplementation as well as infant GI-based supplementation have been tried and are the subject of ongoing clinical investigation.


The prevalence of food allergy appears to be increasing but several, varied approaches to prevention are being actively pursued such that an effective strategy may not be too far in the future.


Food allergy Specific IgE Primary prevention of food allergy Childhood food allergy 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest relevant to this manuscript.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Division of Allergy, Immunology and RheumatologyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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