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Understanding Food Allergies in Children

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Fish and shellfish allergies affect 6.5 million Americans and 3 million people report allergies to nuts and tree nuts. Peanut allergies are on a dramatic rise in children with studies showing the number of kids living with peanut allergies has tripled from 1997 to 2008.

Some people are lucky enough to outgrow some food allergies as they age. Allergies to milk, soy, and wheat are examples of food allergies which can be outgrown over time. But peanut, tree nut, and fish and shellfish allergies are generally life-long conditions.

While there is no cure for food allergies, people affected by them can lessen their reactions by monitoring their own behaviors as well as that of those around them.

Recognizing the allergy early, managing the allergic reaction and strictly avoiding the offending food are three important ways to prevent food allergies from creating a serious health consequence.

Sources:

Kidshealth.org. Web. 2 October 2013. “Nut Allergies”.
http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/nut_allergy.html

Foodallergy.org. Web. 2 October 2013. “Facts and statistics”.
http://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats

Reviewed Oct 2, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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