Study says 1 in 13 US Children Have Food Allergy

A new study suggests that food allergies affect more children than government health officials estimate.

The advocacy group-funded study in the journal Pediatrics says one in 13 children in the U.S. has some type of food allergy, and researchers say 40 percent of those children suffer severe reactions. Typical signs of a true food allergy include skin rashes, wheezing, tightness in the throat or difficulty breathing.

In the study of more than 40,000 children, 8 percent had food allergies, and peanuts and milk were the most common sources.

The most recent estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 3 million children had food allergies. Figures from this new study translate to nearly 6 million children. Dr. Calman Prussin, an investigator with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says that figure "confirms that food allergy is a substantial public health problem."


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    So what!5 in 13 have food stamps.
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      by duh duhr!! on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:17 AM in reply to
      what does that have to do with anything?? my child is one of those 1 out of 13 and we do not receive food stamps.
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      by Parent on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:17 AM in reply to
      How dumb, My son has food allergies and I do not get food stamps. I have to provide his food for school, day camp and any other activies. Food stamps has nothing to do with it. Food allergies can be very severe it not only causes skin rashes and other symptons but has also been linked to asthma. Instead of worrying about the food stamps try to be more concerned about the children.
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      by Audra on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:11 PM in reply to
      You seem to think that financial assistance is a bigger issue than someone potentially having an anaphylactic attack and dying. Interesting viewpoint. I'm sure you wouldn't be saying "so what" if it were your child becoming suddently ill from a simple snack. These are two different issues. Find a relevant story for that gripe.
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