Kidsí food allergies on the rise


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says food allergies are on the rise in American children.

The CDC released results of the first federal study of the issue, finding that 3 million kids have food allergies. The report states that in 2007, 1 in 26 children had food allergies, which is up from 1 in 29 ten years ago, an 18-percent increase.

Experts are unsure whether the increase is due to higher rates of peanut allergies, which doubled, or the fact that children are taking longer to grow out of some allergies to eggs and milk. More vigilance by parents and doctors could also be the reason for the increased statistics.

CDC Press Release

Food Allergy Among U.S. Children: Trends in Prevalence and Hospitalizations

AP article



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