Salicylate elimination diets in children

Robert H Loblay, Velencia L Soutter and Anne R Swain
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10623
Published online: 17 June 2013

With suitable guidance and monitoring, dietary modification is safe and can improve quality of life

Salicylates are a diverse family of 2-OH benzoic acid derivatives produced in all plants. The parent molecule, salicylic acid (SA), is a ubiquitous phytohormone responsible for pathogen resistance, regulation of growth, and a wide variety of other biological functions.1,2 The medicinal use of salicylate-containing plant extracts was first recorded about 3500 years ago, and was widespread until the mid 19th century, when SA was isolated from willow bark, and acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) was subsequently synthesised and marketed by Bayer as aspirin in 1899.2

  • Robert H Loblay1
  • Velencia L Soutter2
  • Anne R Swain3

  • Allergy Unit, Department of Clinical Immunology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


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