Vitamin D and food allergies: The “Vitality” Study

You can help with research into preventing food allergies

1 in 10 babies born in Australian today will have a food allergy. Allergy experts are trying to find the reason why we have such a high rate of food allergy and what we can do to reduce the risk.

Imagine if taking a common vitamin helped prevent food allergies?

Allergy rates are higher in countries that are further away from the equator, like Australia. Vitamin D might be a factor?

You can get involved and help find out.

Allergy research investigating vitamin D and allergy prevention

The Vitality Study

Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute are investigating the relationship between Vitamin D, food allergies and immune function in infants.

If you live in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) and have a new baby (6 to 12 weeks old) who is predominantly breastfed, you may be able to take part in this study. Some babies won’t be eligible (for example if they were born early, weigh less than 2.7kg or have a significant health issues).

Participating will involve:

  • an initial home visit
  • completing 4 online surveys during your baby’s first year
  • a free allergy test appointment at the Royal Children’s Hospital when your child turns one
  • babies in the study will need to have one drop of either a vitamin or a placebo every day

Watch a video from allergy researcher Dr Kirsten Perrett about the study, find more information and register your interest on the MCRI website:

You can also read the MCRI’s media release about the study.

The Vitality study is accepting participants now through until July 2021. Researchers are aiming to enrol around 3500 babies in the study.

If you think you might be eligible, go the study website to find out more.

Be part of something that might help children in the future avoid food allergies.

We’ll be watching out for the results of this study with great interest.

If you can’t participate in this study but are interesting in supporting the work of MCRI’s Centre for Food Allergy Research, check out our fundraising post for more information: Allergy Fundraising

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