Thursday, 22 November, 2018


Kids' Food Allergies, Especially to Peanuts, Are on the Rise

This chart shows the prevalence of popular allergies that can appear after age 17 This chart shows the prevalence of popular allergies that can appear after age 17
Patty Aguilar | 27 October, 2017, 17:55

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct 27: A study has recently found that nearly half of all food-allergic adults develop one or more food allergies in adulthood, with Hispanic, Asian and black individuals most at risk.

While many food allergies develop in childhood, research presented this week at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual scientific meeting finds that isn't always the case.

In fact more than 35 percent of allergies to many types of seafood - including shrimp, crab and lobster - do not appear until after age 17.

Dr. Ruchi Gupta, lead author of one of the studies, didn't expect the jump in adult-onset food allergies.

The researchers said as of 2011 eight percent of United States children reported having a food allergy.

The report's researchers pointed out that little is known about adult food allergy prevalence compared to what we know about childhood allergy prevalence.

New, late-breaking research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting suggests that peanut allergy in children has increased 21 percent since 2010, and that almost 2.5 percent of USA children may have an allergy to peanuts.

The study also found that black children are much more likely to have certain food allergies than white children.

"We also saw that, as with children, the incidence of food allergies in adults is rising across all ethnic groups".

Nearly half of those surveyed developed one or more food allergies as adults.

'It is important to see an allergist for testing and diagnosis if you are having a reaction to a food and suspect a food allergy'. Allergists can tailor a plan specific to your allergies.

The study, which surveyed more than 53,000 USA households between October 2015 and September 2016, found that an estimated 2.5 per cent of children now have an allergy to peanuts. The FDA-approved Hello, Peanut was launched last month, created to be mixed into baby food to give infants early exposure, while SpoonfulOne Daily Food Mix-In, which aims to prevent not only peanut but also other allergies including milk, tree nuts, egg, fish and shellfish, was released just last week.

"Peanut allergies, along with other food allergies, are very challenging for children and families", acknowledged Gupta, "While 21 percent represents a large increase in the number of kids with a likely peanut allergy, the good news is that parents now have a way to potentially prevent peanut allergy by introducing peanut products to infants early after assessing risk with their pediatrician and allergist".

The U.S. National Institutes of Health issued guidelines in January that encourage parents and caregivers to introduce peanut-containing foods to children in their first year - as early as 4 to 6 months of age for those at lowest risk of allergies - to help protect them from developing the risky allergy.

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