Episode 09 – Peanut Allergy and Your Child – The Latest!

Allergy, much like any chronic illness, is causing discomfort to a lot of people across the lifespan. Signs of allergy could arise as early as childhood and this may be a cause of worry for many parents. In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Ana Dosen to talk about allergy, specifically peanut allergy, and your child.

Dr. Dosen is a specialist pediatrician and allergist whose main professional interests are food allergy, anaphylaxis, and immunotherapy. She has worked for 17 years in the Saint George area in Sydney after getting her training from the Sydney Children’s Hospital, where she is currently a visiting medical officer (VMO). She is also a staff specialist at Saint George Hospital and a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Dr. Dosen has contributed a lot in pediatric and anaphylaxis research and also serves in different committees in her field. Because she knows how to manage her schedule despite all her responsibilities, she has some spare time for musical theatre.

Key Learnings

  • What led Dr. Dosen to focus her career on allergy
  • Theories on what caused the allergy explosion in the last 10-15 years
  • What you need to know about what happens to the immune system early in a child’s life
  • The latest findings in allergy research and how Australia is at the forefront of all of it
  • Guidelines on how to introduce peanut to your child safely and test for the possible presence of an allergy
  • How eczema is connected with a child’s propensity to peanut allergy
  • The signs and symptoms that indicate that your child may have a peanut allergy
  • What to do after noticing symptoms of peanut allergy in your child
  • Dosen’s peanut allergy testing procedure and advice for allergy management
  • Immunotherapy for peanut allergy
  • Tips for parents, educators, and children on using adrenaline injector

Some of Dr. Dosen’s best practice guidelines in preventing, testing, and managing peanut allergy:

  • Start introducing your child to peanut as early as 6 months from birth
  • Unless your child has severe eczema, there is no need to get him or her a formal allergy test.
  • When your child shows symptoms of peanut allergy or any food allergy in general, avoid that food until you are able to find medical advice.


“If your child already has had a reaction and has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy, continue to avoid it, continue to see your specialist. Understand that not every child will have anaphylaxis, in fact, the minority will, and most children will have minor reactions which can be managed.”


  • www.allergy.org.au

  • Food Allergy: A Review and update on epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, and

    Scott H. Sicherer MD, and Hugh A. Sampson, MD

    American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2017

  • The Benefits of New Guidelines to Prevent Peanut Allergy

    Scott H. Sicherer MD, and Hugh A. Sampson, MD, Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD and Daniel Rotrosen,


    Pediatrics June 2017, Vol 139, Issue 6

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