Food Allergies Increasing In US Kids

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

Food allergies in American children seem to be on the rise.

A federal study shows 3 million kids are affected by food allergies, but experts say it could just be that parents are more aware and quicker to have their kids checked out by a doctor.

About 1 in 26 children had food allergies last year, up from 1 in 29 kids in 1997.

The lead author of the study says the 18 percent jump isn't just a statistical blip. Experts note the number of peanut allergies has doubled, while children also seem to be taking longer to outgrow milk and egg
allergies.

But also figuring into the equation are parents and doctors who are more likely to consider food as the trigger for symptoms like vomiting, skin rashes and breathing problems.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 32279034