Background: Food allergy affects 6-8% of preschool
children, but factors responsible
for food allergy in children are poorly understood. Use of antacid medication may be a
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine if parent-reported antacid medication
use was associated with higher prevalence of food allergy in atopic children.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, parents of children with atopic diseases completed a
questionnaire related to treatment a history of treatment with antacid medication and food
allergy. Charts were independently reviewed for food specific IgE and/or skin prick test results.
Food allergy was defined as a reaction to a food consistent with the anaphylaxis consensus
statement and either an elevated food specific IgE or a positive food skin prick test.
Results: 104 questionnaires were completed. Mean age of the participating children was
7.0 ± 4.3 years (Range 5 months to 18 years of age). Fifty-four children (41%) were reported to
have taken an antacid medication in the past. History of taking antacid medication was
associated with an increased prevalence [57% (27/47) versus 32% (18/57) p 0.008] and higher
prevalence of food allergy of having food allergy [aPR 1.7 (1.1 - 2.5)]. Mean peanut food
specific IgE was higher in those with a history of taking antacid medication (11.0 ± 5.0 versus
1.0 ± 5.5 p = 0.01).
Conclusion: History of treatment with antacid medication is associated with an increased
Prevalence of having food allergy.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents:
1. Thesis Pages 8 - 21
2. Tables Pages 22 - 23
3. References Page 24-25
a. Questionnaire Pages 26
b. SAS Results with annotation Page 27 - 228
About this Master's Thesis
|Subfield / Discipline|
|Committee Chair / Thesis Advisor|
|HISTORY OF TREATMENT WITH ANTACID MEDICATION INCREASES PREVALENCE OF DIAGNOSIS OF FOOD ALLERGY IN CHILDREN ()||2018-08-28||