Food allergy in infancy

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1994 Oct;41(5):1047-67. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(16)38845-9.


This article discusses the current understanding of the mechanisms of food hypersensitivity and presents a practical approach to the condition. Skin testing is a useful technique if properly applied and interpreted; however, double-blind placebo-controlled food challenge is the standard for accurate diagnosis against which all other tests should be compared. Treatment still consists of avoidance of the offending food allergens; however, most children lose their reactivity, and thus regular challenges are important.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Food Hypersensitivity / diagnosis
  • Food Hypersensitivity / immunology*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / therapy
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / immunology
  • Humans
  • Immune System / immunology
  • Immunoglobulin E / immunology
  • Infant
  • Respiration Disorders / immunology


  • Immunoglobulin E