The purpose of the SUNBEAM study is to learn more about factors that put babies and toddlers at higher risk for developing food allergies and eczema. This is an observational study, where we will follow pregnant mothers and their babies from birth to 3 years to learn more about how allergies develop. We are doing this research because there are currently no reliable ways to predict which children will develop food allergies.
At the first visit (during pregnancy), we will take measurements of your height and weight. We will take samples from you, including blood, urine, hair, stool, skin, nasal swab and vaginal swab. You will collect a home dust sample and will answer questionnaires related to your health, diet and environment. When your baby is born, we will collect cord blood immediately and other samples (skin, stool) within 1-2 days of delivery. Throughout the study, we will continue to collect samples from you and your child. Samples will include blood, urine, hair, stool, skin, nasal swab, saliva and breast milk. You will collect samples from your home, including dust and water. You will continue to answer questionnaires related to you and your child's health, diet and environment. At each visit, we will take your child's measurements (height and weight). Their skin will be assessed for signs of eczema. Food allergy testing (skin and blood testing) will begin when your child is 5 months old.
Compensation is provided., Allergy testing will be performed for children enrolled in this study. Results will be disclosed to you and counseling will be provided if results indicate possible food allergy. Some children may be eligible for an oral food challenge (OFC) to determine allergic status.
Medicine-UNCP A Allergy and Immunology
Clinical or Medical
Child and Teen Health
Parents of Children