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Study short name


Study full name

Maternal diet rich in eggs and peanuts to reduce food allergies: a randomised controlled trial

Principle Investigator

Debbie Palmer

Administering Institute

Telethon Kids Institute

Major funding source

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Study focus


Study design


Main study aim

To test whether the amount of eggs and peanuts a mother eats during pregnancy and breastfeeding has an influence on her baby’s food allergy development.

Additional study information

We think that the ideal time to prevent food allergy may be during pregnancy and breastfeeding, before you introduce solids to your baby. However we do not know how many eggs and peanuts eaten by a mother will help to reduce the risk of her baby developing food allergies. We are comparing ‘a standard egg and peanut diet’, which is typical for most women, and ‘a high egg and peanut diet’. We are examining egg and peanut allergies in the babies at one year of age.

Study population

Pregnant women, less than 23 weeks gestation, whose baby-to-be has at least two family members (mother, father or siblings) with medically diagnosed allergic disease (asthma, eczema, hay-fever or IgE-mediated food allergy).

Study status

Recruitment ongoing.