Fever is a Friend

Maureen MinchinChild Health, Infant Health

Paying attention to the baby requires constant (though not uninterrrupted) adult presence. Two really important signals all caregivers need to notice in all children, especially young ones, are pain and fever. Both are indiscriminate responses to a wide range of problems that activate the immune system, among them allergy. And let it be said upfront, both pain and fever are … Read More

Research shows what parents have known for decades

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Child Health, General News, Immunology, Infant Health, Pregnancy

OK, here’s what’s been in the news.¬†http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/8/321/321ra8 “Now, Zhang et al. report that infants who later developed food allergy had altered immunity at birth. Cord blood from these infants had more monocytes compared with CD4+ T cells and decreased numbers of regulatory T cells. Moreover, the monocytes from food-allergic infants secreted more inflammatory cytokines than those from healthy infants. These … Read More

I’m going nuts about peanuts: or are other people?

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Child Health, General News, Infant Health

The LEAP trial looking at prevention pf peanut allergy in Jewish children in the UK and Israel is interesting, but is being widely misquoted in the media and by health professionals as justification for 4 rather than 6 months for the introduction of solid food. Why is this inappropriate? Where to start… Inclusion criteria were children between 4 and 11 … Read More