Food allergies and its impact on children

Food allergy is a now a common phenomenon and is a major health problem in most of the families. The worst sufferers are the children and it is estimated that one in every thirteen children in the United States is allergic to food in some form or the other. This figure has doubled when compared with the data in 2008. The current figures show that an estimated six million children are diagnosed with this disorder as per the Food Allergy Initiative.

The food allergies among children are now becoming a serious issue for schools, educational institutions and day care centers. The main cause of food allergy is anaphylaxis which is a condition in which there is hypersensitive reaction to an antigenic substance that has been injected or consumed. Anaphylaxis is a life threatening if not treated properly in children.

Some of the common foods that bring an anaphylactic allergic reaction in children include peanuts, dairy products, eggs, fish, chocolates, pizzas etc. Some non-food stuff that may bring allergic reaction in children includes animal dander, pollen, house dust, feathers of birds, mite, chemicals etc. Most of the parents of the children do not notice that their children suffer from food allergies, until the concerned child have an allergic reaction.

 

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