Food Allergies in Kids May Be Even More Common Than We Thought Photo: THINKSTOCK / THE BUMP
You may have noticed that there seems to be an upward trend in food allergies in kids, and it turns out that your baby may be even more likely to develop one than you thought. In a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers gave surveys to over 40,000 children’s parents and found that about 1 in 13 of the kids had a food allergy. Previous statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated it at about 1 in 25, meaning food allergies could be twice as prevalent as previously thought. Peanut allergies were the most common -- and the most dangerous -- followed closely by milk and shellfish. Scary stats from the Food Allergy Initiative say that food-related allergic reactions send an adult or child to the emergency room every three minutes, so it’s a smart idea to watch your baby closely as you introduce new foods.
Have you noticed any food allergies in your child? How did you deal?
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