Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Pediatrics, Food Allergy
Last year Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics published a groundbreaking study.
From FAI: According to a national survey of 38,480 families, 8 percent of children in the United States suffer from a food allergy – a considerably higher number than reported in previous studies. In addition to estimating that 5.9 million children under age 18 now have a food allergy, the new study, published in the July 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides a wealth of important new information.
The study’s findings include:
· 8% of children had at least one food allergy, a projected total of 5.9 million children across the U.S. population
· 2.4% of the children in the study had multiple food allergies, nearly one-third of those with allergies.
· The prevalence of severe food allergies among the children studied was 3.1%, or 38.7% of the children with allergies.
And here's a copy of the study itself through a PDF copy.