Infant food allergy signals later asthma risk: Aussie study

Food allergy appears to be 'an important factor in the atopic march of childhood', say researchers.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Infants with confirmed food allergy are nearly four times more likely to be diagnosed with asthma by age six than those without allergies, suggest results from an Australian longitudinal study. 

Melbourne researchers also report that food allergy in infancy, particularly peanut allergy, is associated with reduced lung function regardless of whether it resolves or persists.