Food allergy (children)

Current Care Summary
Working Group appointed by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Paediatric Society

Current Care Guideline «Ruoka-allergia (lapset)»1 and Summary «Ruoka-allergia (lapset)»2 in Finnish

This guideline, targeted to healthcare workers dealing with food-allergic children, provides a review on the clinical aspects of pediatric food allergy. The main updates include: elimination diets are not recommended for breast-feeding mothers; probiotics are not recommended for allergy prevention or treatment; food challenges are the basis of the diagnosis, but it can be improved by IgE component diagnostics. The treatment for severe symptoms is specific food avoidance, mildly symptomatic children should continue with versatile diet. Specific oral tolerance induction is a safe and effective treatment in most of the pediatric patients.

Mika Mäkelä (Chair)

Tuomas Jartti

Kaija-Leena Kolho

Sanna Poikonen

Sami Remes

Ursula Schwab

Raija Sipilä

Johanna Tulonen-Tapio

Helena Voutilainen