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In the past, food allergies were believed to impact 1 in 25 children under 18 years of age. A recent study has concluded that food allergies are twice as common as previously thought, affecting 8 percent, or roughly 1 in 13 kids. These findings come after analyzing survey data of about 38,000 parents.
Of the reported food-allergic kids of the survey, 40 percent had a history of severe allergic reaction; their reactions seemed to gain in severity as the kids got older; and Asian and African American kids are more likely to have allergies than their Caucasian peers.
CNN and Huffington Post have written articles about the study and the real risks of food allergies. Both articles are worth reading as they detail the findings and also feature how two families have been forever changed by food-related anaphylaxis.
1 in 13 kids are affected by food allergies...How many kids' in your child's classrooms have food allergies?