The Prevalence of Food Allergies in Children Referred to a Multidisciplinary Feeding Program.

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26130398
Author: 
Wood R
Author List: 
Yeung KA
Taylor T
Scheimann A
Carvalho R
Reinhardt E
Girolami P
Wood R
Journal: 
Clin Pediatr (Phila)
PubMed ID: 
26130398
Pagination: 
1081-6
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 
To assess the prevalence of food allergy in children presenting to a multidisciplinary feeding program.A retrospective chart review was conducted from 302 patients. We recorded history of food reaction, family history of any atopic disease, radioallergosorbent testing, prematurity, birth weight, breastfeeding history, Z-scores, age, and gastrointestinal mucosal biopsy reports with eosinophilic infiltrate. Three categories of possible food allergy were stratified based on increasing evidence of allergy.Possible food allergy was found for 18% (n = 54), likely food allergy for 6% (n = 18), and very likely food allergy for 16% (n = 47) for a total of 40% classified in a food allergy group. Having been breastfed correlated with likelihood of food allergy but tube-feeding dependence did not.This study revealed a higher proportion of children in a feeding program with food allergy compared to the general population, but larger prospective studies are needed to confirm the association.
Published Date: 
October, 2015

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