Peanut Allergy Survey Results

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from Denise at [url="http://www.foodallergyconnection.org/"]http://www.foodallergyconnection.org/[/url]

1. Are you afraid or apprehensive about sending your child to daycare or school with peanut allergy? Answer Number Yes 92% 404 No 7% 31 Total 435 2. Did you eat peanut products or peanut butter while pregnant? Answer Number Yes 92% 402 No 7% 33 Total 435 3. Did you nurse the child with the peanut allergy? Answer Number Yes 80% 350 No 19% 85 Total 435 4. Did you eat peanut products while nursing? Answer Number Yes 70% 306 No 29% 129 Total 435 5. Did you feed the allergic child peanut products before he/she was 1 year old? Answer Number Yes 14% 65 No 85% 370 Total 435 6. Did you feed the allergic child peanut products before he/she was 2 years old? Answer Number Yes 55% 242 No 44% 193 Total 435 7. Have your spouse or spouses parents/siblings had allergies at any time in their lives? Answer Number Yes 65% 284 No 34% 151 Total 435 8. Have you or your parents/siblings had food allergies at any time in your lives? Answer Number Yes 30% 134 No 69% 301 Total 435 9. Have your spouse or spouses parents/siblings had asthma at any time in their lives? Answer Number Yes 30% 132 No 69% 303 Total 435

10. Would you now have your baby evaluated by an allergist before introducing peanut products? Answer Number Yes 77% 339 No 22% 96 Total 435 11. Have you or your parents/siblings had allergies at any time in your lives? Answer Number Yes 76% 331 No 23% 104 Total 435 12. Have your spouse or spouses parents/siblings had hay fever at any time in their lives? Answer Number Yes 59% 258 No 40% 177 Total 435 13. Is your child under the care of a Board-Certified Allergist for food allergies? Answer Number Yes 87% 380 No 12% 55 Total 435 14. Have you or your parents/siblings had asthma at any time in your lives? Answer Number Yes 42% 187 No 57% 248 Total 435 15. Did your child show signs of allergies while nursing? Answer Number Yes 29% 127 No 70% 308 Total 435 16. Are you or were you happy with the care your child received from the pediatrician or family doctor for food allergies? Answer Number Yes 60% 265 No 39% 170 Total 435 17. Have you or your parents/siblings had hay fever at any time in your lives? Answer Number Yes 68% 299 No 31% 136 Total 435 18. Did your child show signs of colic while nursing? Answer Number Yes 25% 112 No 74% 323 Total 435 19. Is your spouse supportive and understanding about your child's peanut allergy? Answer Number Yes 94% 413 No 5% 22 Total 435 20. Have your spouse or spouses parents/siblings had food allergies at any time in their lives? Answer Number Yes 29% 130 No 70% 305 Total 435 21. Did your child show signs of skin rashes while nursing? Answer Number Yes 48% 211 No 51% 224 Total 435 22. Is your extended family supportive and understanding about your child's peanut allergy? Answer Number Yes 81% 355 No 18% 80 Total 435 23. Would you now avoid peanut products while pregnant? Answer Number Yes 94% 413 No 5% 22 Total 435 24. Have you or your spouse administered epinephrine to your child during an allergic reaction? Answer Number Yes 9% 43 No 90% 392 Total 435 25. Would you now avoid peanut products while nursing? Answer Number Yes 95% 415 No 4% 20 Total 435 26. Has your child had more than one allergic reaction that required epinephrine? Answer Number Yes 11% 52 No 88% 383 Total 435 27. Would you now delay introducing peanut products until your child was older? Answer Number Yes 95% 414 No 4% 21 Total 435 28. Did your child have allergic reactions that were not treated with epinephrine due to lack of education on your part or the physician's part? Answer Number Yes 26% 117 No 73% 318 Total 435 29. If so, would you delay introduction of peanut products until at least age three? Answer Number Yes 93% 405 No 6% 30 Total 435 30. Looking back, were there any reactions you would have handled differently had you been more educated? Answer Number Yes 60% 261 No 40% 174 Total 435

------------------ Jana

[url="http://www.seattlefoodallergy.org"]www.seattlefoodallergy.org[/url]

On Nov 1, 2006

wow. some of those surprise me. a large percentage of people have supportive spouses? that surprises me - in a good way. and supportive relatives??? that really surprises me. and that fact that so few have had to use epinephrine surprises me too.

On Nov 2, 2006

Supportive extended families surpised me also. I was shocked at how few have had to administer epi also. My PA dd started off colicky, eczema that wouldn't go away, GERD that we were hospitalized for at 3 days old... So many people answered their child did not have colic or skin rashes...that also surprised me. Interesting survey.

On Nov 3, 2006

I too was surprised by the high rates of supportive extended families. (Can I get one of those? LOL) Mine just think I'm a paranoid, overreacting mother, when in reality, I probably under-react if anything!

I was reassured to read how few people have had to administer epi or and how few have had a second reaction. I guess that's just good avoidance.

I totally agree with not giving peanuts/nuts until three. I was planning that before I knew she had allergies anyway. Heck, she's never had a peanut or nut! Thank goodness we found out before...or this coming winter we would have found out the hard way!!

On Nov 6, 2006

I'm surprised about the suporting husbands and extended family as I had a hard time in the beginning. It's better now, but not to the point where I'm comfortable.

On Nov 6, 2006

SallyL, how long have you been dealing with PA? If it hasn't been very long, give the extended family a little more time.

My family did a lot of eye-rolling for the first year, but now, even my hard-core sister who thinks everything is 'in your head' gave me a hard time in a restaurant because she thought I wasn't being careful enough!

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