European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 156, Issue 2, pp 110–112

Food intolerance (food hypersensitivity) and chronic complaints in children: the parents' perception

  • H. A. Aardoom
  • R. A. Hirasing
  • R. J. Rona
  • F. L. Sanavro
  • E. W. van den Heuvel
  • J. Leeuwenburg
IMMUNOLOGY/ALLERGOLOGY

DOI: 10.1007/s004310050566

Cite this article as:
Aardoom, H., Hirasing, R., Rona, R. et al. Eur J Pediatr (1997) 156: 110. doi:10.1007/s004310050566

Abstract 

The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of food intolerance (FI) in Dutch 5- and 6-year-old children and its association with chronic ailments with a survey among parents by questionnaire. Based on parents' perception the prevalence of “probable” FI was 3.8% . FI was associated with asthma, wheezing, eczema, hay fever, chronic rhinitis, hives, chronic diarrhoea and hyperactive behaviour. The Dutch research results are commensurate with the findings of a study carried out in the U.K. Parents frequently associate FI with eczema, hives, chronic diarrhoea and hyperactivity. The association with FI remains for asthma, wheezing, chronic rhinitis, hay fever, chronic diarrhoea and hyperactive behaviour even after adjustment for this information bias.

Conclusion Many parents are not aware that chronic ailments in their child may be caused by FI. The associations of FI and chronic complaints are strong enough to justify the discussion with parents during the client contacts by school physicians, in order to assess the advantages of consulting a paediatrician or allergologist.

Key words Food intolerence   Food hypersensitivity   Children   Chronic complaints   Survey 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. A. Aardoom
    • 1
  • R. A. Hirasing
    • 2
  • R. J. Rona
    • 3
  • F. L. Sanavro
    • 1
  • E. W. van den Heuvel
    • 1
  • J. Leeuwenburg
    • 1
  1. 1.GGD-Zuid Holland-Zuid, Dordrecht, Postbus 166, 3300 AD Dordrecht, The Netherlands Tel.: +31 78 6321832, Fax : +31 78 6138453NL
  2. 2.TNO Prevention and Health, Leiden, The NetherlandsNL
  3. 3.Department of Public Health Medicine, Division of Public Health Sciences, United Medical and Dental Schools, London, U.K.GB

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