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Vitality Trial

Research project


What is Vitality?

There has been an increase in food allergy in recent years. The cause of this is unknown; however, the number of people experiencing allergic reactions has significantly increased. The aims of this study are to see the relationship between food allergy, vitamin D and immune function in infants.

Who can take part?

Mothers with infants:

  • Age 6-12 weeks
  • Planning to be primarily breastfed until 6 months of age (not exclusively bottle-fed)
  • Living in Greater Melbourne, Victoria

Who cannot take part?

  • Infants already receiving vitamin D supplementation
  • Infants born under 37 weeks gestation, under 2.5kg or with a significant medical problem

What will I be asked to do?

  • Participate in one initial home visit where we will collect samples.
  • Complete 4 online surveys in your child’s first year of life.
  • Attend a free allergy test appointment when your child turns one year old at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
  • Give your baby one drop of a vitamin or placebo every day.

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr Angela Young at 03 9936 6027 or at