Childhood food allergy has become a major public health problem.
Concern over the rapidly rising incidence of food allergy is
magnified by the extremely rare but devastating consequences of
sudden death in a healthy child.
The HealthNuts study of 5,300 children is the world's first
comprehensive population-based study of food allergy with objective
measurement of true food allergy. It will enable us to better
understand the natural history of allergic disorders including food
allergy, asthma, eczema and hay fever and the risk factors for
developing these conditions in the first six years of life. The
study will have important implications for clinical guidelines and
public health policy.
Past and current HealthNuts newsletters:
Age 4 year old phase
As children turn 4 years of age, we're asking parents to fill
out a short questionnaire, and any HealthNuts children we've seen
previously or those who report a new food allergy are being invited
to the RCH for further allergy testing.
Age 6 year old phase
As children turn 6 years of age, we'll contact parents again to
fill out a short questionnaire, and ALL HealthNuts children will be
invited to have a free allergy assessment.