Needless exclusion diet prompts anaphylaxis in four-year-old

THE dangers of unwarranted exclusion diets in children have been highlighted with a case report of anaphylaxis, carotenaemia and hepatomegaly in a four-year-old.

The boy, who was on a restricted diet because his parents were concerned about food allergy despite negative skin prick tests, had an anaphylactic reaction after eating three spoonfuls of yoghurt.

Paediatricians at a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, say the case highlights the risk of anaphylaxis on re-exposure to previously tolerated foods after a period of dietary restriction.

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