What we are looking at
This study will measure the risk of allergy in children aged 10-14 years in their school. The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute will recruit 10,000 students and their parents to answer a survey on lifestyle factors like diet and allergy history. Those who have a suspected food allergy may be invited to a hospital clinic for testing and treatment. We aim to identify the lifestyle factors which are common to children suffering from food allergy, assess the impact of food allergy on risk of asthma and severity and identify factors which are likely to modify control of food allergy and asthma.
Why is SchoolNuts Important?
"In essence, this study has the potential to decrease the number of children suffering from allergy in the future as well as to improve health outcomes for children who do suffer from allergy including poorly controlled asthma."
This project has the potential to identify lifestyle factors which are common among children suffering food allergy and poorly controlled asthma. Identification of such lifestyle factors may impact public health policy regarding the prevention and management of food allergy and asthma. Community guidelines may be set to provide parents and guardians with the knowledge to best protect their children from developing food allergy and asthma.
If those with poorly controlled asthma are more likely to have food allergy, this may represent a high-risk target group that could be identified in childhood for closer monitoring and treatment to reduce lifelong morbidity from asthma.
In essence, this study has the potential to decrease the number of children suffering from allergy in the future as well as to improve health outcomes for children who do suffer from allergy including poorly controlled asthma.