Odds ratios for reported nut allergy and characteristics of kindergarten children in the Health Check Questionnaire 2006–2009.
|Characteristic of child||Reported nut allergy*||
Odds ratio (95% CI)#||P value|
|Sex of child||Male||7184||322||1.15 (0.97–1.35)||0.105|
|Age||5 years||12257||511||1.11 (0.87–1.42)||0.385|
|Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander||Yes||238||11||1.11 (0.60–2.05)||0.737|
|Unknown||417||19|| || |
|Child has a usual general practitioner||Yes||12503||543||1.42 (1.05–1.92)||0.023|
|Unknown||92||2|| || |
|Child was breast fed||Yes||12599||549||1.53 (1.11–2.11)||0.010|
|Unknown||101||2|| || |
|Duration of breast feeding (mean 9.9 months)||—||—||—||1.02 (1.01–1.03)||0.000|
|Child was fed food or fluids other than breast milk in first 6 months+||Yes||9371||347||0.71 (0.60–0.84)||0.000|
|Unknown||197||9|| || |
*Parental response to the question: “Has your child ever had a strong allergic reaction to peanuts/peanut products, and/or other nuts/nut products?”|
#Adjusted for age and sex where appropriate.
+Includes children who were breast fed and given other food/fluid, and those who were exclusively given other food/fluid.