Cow`s milk protein allergy awareness and practice among Turkish pediatricians: A questionnaire-survey.
Kansu Tanca, Aydan
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Region-specific recommendations for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cow`s milk protein allergy (CMPA) are not available in Turkey. This cross-sectional questionnaire-survey was designed to evaluate CMPA awareness and practice among Turkish pediatricians. A total of 410 pediatricians were included based on their voluntary participation. Questionnaires elicited demographic data and pediatricians` awareness and practice of CMPA in infants and children. Atopic dermatitis (91.5%), diarrhea (88.0%) and significant blood in stool (85.9%) were the most common symptoms considered suggestive of CMPA. Continuation of breast feeding via elimination of CMP containing products from maternal diet was the most commonly selected (79.0%) therapeutic option in exclusively breast-fed infants diagnosed with CMPA. Amino acid–based formula was the most commonly selected formula in a non-exclusively breast-fed infant with CMPA, for infants presenting with anaphylaxis (58.8%), enterocolitis (40.7%) or multiple food allergies (52.0%), and also for at-risk infants (40.2%). Earliest time to re-challenge was identified to be 6 months by 52.0% of pediatricians. In conclusion, our findings revealed high awareness of CMPA among Turkish pediatricians in terms of clinical presentation and first priority diagnostic tests. However, CMPA practice among Turkish pediatricians needs to be improved in terms of avoidance of other mammalian milks, selection of therapeutic formulas among non-exclusively breast-fed infants and at-risk infants consistent with guideline-based indications and cost-effectivity.