*Recruitment Closed*

Study short name: EarlyNuts

Study full name: Can early introduction of dietary allergen reduce the prevalence of infant food allergy? The EarlyNuts population-based study

Principle Investigator: Jennifer Koplin   

Administering Institute: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Major funding source: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Study focus: Prevention

Study design: Observational

Main study aim: A population-based cross-sectional study of age at the introduction of allergenic foods and food allergy in infants.

Additional study information: Australia has among the highest reported rates of childhood food allergy, a potentially life-threatening condition. New evidence shows that earlier introduction of allergenic foods (like peanut) can reduce the risk of food allergy. This is reflected in new infant feeding guidelines. This study will measure current infant feeding practices and whether earlier allergen consumption has reduced the rate of food allergy in the population. Results will inform strategies to improve uptake and efficacy of timely allergen introduction for food allergy prevention.

Study Population: 12 month old infants. Participants were recruited from randomly selected council-led immunisation centres across Melbourne on the day of their 12 month immunisation.

Study status: Recruitment completed November 2019. Data collection completed January 2020.

Where can I find more information?

Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: https://www.australianclinicaltrials.gov.au/anzctr/trial/ACTRN12618001990213

Study contact: [email protected]

Main Publication(s):

  1. Soriano VX, Peters RL, Ponsonby AL, Dharmage SC, Perrett KP, Field MJ, et al. Earlier ingestion of peanut after changes to infant feeding guidelines: The EarlyNuts study. Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. 2019;08:08. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2019.07.032.

Last modified: May 29th 2020 | Date created: April 9th 2019