The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 1 in 26 children had food allergies last year, up 18 percent from 1997. It’s estimated that nearly 3 million U.S. kids now have such allergies, including double the number of children with peanut allergies.
With Halloween and other big-treat holidays rapidly approaching, not to mention all the current buzz about the possible role food allergies may play in a diagnosis like autism or ADHD, now is the perfect time to educate yourself about this important subject. Remember, some food allergies are life threatening.
For more information, visit:
-CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db10.htm
-Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network: foodallergy.org. Note: Good free info on site, but membership fee for additional information.
Source: Associated Press/ ‘Food Allergies on Rise in U.S. Kids’ by Mike Stobbe/Oct. 23, 2008