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Food Allergies On the Rise in Children

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

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The first federal study on food allergies shows that food allergies may be on the rise and currently about 3 million children are affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 26 children had food allergies in 2007. That’s up from 1 in 29 kids in 1997.

Experts say the increase could be attributed to the fact that parents are more aware and quicker to have their children checked by a pediatrician. “A couple of decades ago, it was not uncommon to have kids sick all the time and we just said ‘They have a weak stomach’ or ‘They’re sickly,”‘ said Anne Munoz-Furlong, chief executive of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, a Virginia-based advocacy organization.

The CDC study does not breakdown which foods were to blame for allergies. The study results came from an in-person, door-to-door survey in 2007 of 9,500 households with children under the age of 18.

The study also found that children with food allergies were more likely to have asthma, eczema and respiratory problems than children without food allergies.

More Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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