Food Allergy Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs: PARENTS

We surveyed 2,945 US parents of children with food allergy between January 2008 and 2009. Overall, parents answered 75% of the knowledge-based questions correctly. Most parents knew the signs/symptoms of an allergy reaction. However, fewer knew that adolescents are at a higher risk for deadly anaphylaxis than young children. There was a wide range of perceptions, although most agreed that children should carry an EpiPen at school and that schools should have staff trained in food allergy. In conclusion, parents have solid knowledge on food allergy, though there were some important misconceptions. Most parents also reported that their child's food allergy had a negative impact on their personal relationships, namely on their marriage and their relationships with their child’s friends’ parents.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the study.