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Parents’ perceptions of their child’s health

Roberto J. Rona and Susan Chinn

in The National Study of Health and Growth

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780192629197
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723612 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629197.003.0012
Parents’ perceptions of their child’s health

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This chapter looks at a study of several parental concerns related to their child's health. The study showed that 2.8% of the children were considered food intolerant. A report of food intolerance in the child was more likely among mothers who had a higher education. Many health complaints were more common in the food intolerant group of children. Those who eliminated food items from the diet for health reasons were shorter. Enuresis and disturbed sleep were common at school entrance, 11% and 5% respectively, but decreased during primary school years. Enuresis was more common in Afro–Caribbean children, boys, those with a mother who smoked, the youngest children in the family, and those with a young mother. Several social factors were associated with disturbed sleep. Many parents who believed that their child was food intolerant consulted a doctor, but parents were unlikely to consult a doctor for enuresis or disturbed sleep in their child.

Keywords: allergy; enuresis; disturbed sleep; food hypersensitivity; prevalence; social disadvantage

Chapter.  3915 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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