Allergists have been recommending baked egg (when tolerated) as an egg-allergy treatment for years. It’s a tried and true way to gently train the immune system to accept egg proteins. Egg OIT (Oral Immunotherapy) is an emerging technique to more rapidly introduce egg protein into the immune system. How do the two compare?
Baked Egg is a much easier therapy for families to incorporate into their lives, and it requires much less medical supervision. Egg OIT is newer, and is not widely available. According to the research site when we signed up, researchers wanted to know if one practice worked better than the other.
REMEMBER: I am not a doctor. Please don’t feed baked egg products to your egg-allergic child without consulting with your allergist. Likewise, do not attempt OIT on your own. Find a qualified allergist if you are interested!
My son Zax was among 92 children nationwide who helped researchers determine how Baked Egg and Egg OIT stack up. Some of them (52) were able to eat baked egg items without reactions. They were randomized into either the Baked Egg arm or the Egg OIT arm of the study. The rest (40) could not tolerate baked egg, and they were automatically placed in the OIT arm.
My son participated in the Baked Egg arm of the study. He ate a baked egg dose (equivalent to 1/3 of an egg) daily for two years. And let me tell you, that was a TON of baking!