The number of children that have food allergies has been increasing. A recent study of kids under age 18 who has allergies found that 8% of kids are allergic to at least one food. That is up from a previous study in 2009 which found that 4% had allergies.
Pediatricians who see children with allergies report that there is an increasing number of kids who allergic to peanuts. Some allergies that used to occur in childhood now seem to carry over into teen years. Preschoolers whose between the ages of 3 and 5 have the highest occurence of food allergies.
Boys in this study who have allergies are more likely to experience severe reactions. This is because they don't want to appear different from other kids, and so they eat forbidden foods.
Food allergies become dangerous in kids that they ignore warnings and eat foods they aren't supposed to eat,
At school, children often have to sit and eat at the "peanut-free" table who have peanut allergies, which makes them feel like outcasts. And when they go to birthday parties, they have to bring their own cupcakes which are allergen free.
Parents have children with allergies say that it changes everything: how they buy, store, prepare and serve food.
One family that researchers studied had two separate kitchens so that they could keep one kitchen allergen free.
Unless researchers can understand why the number of allergies is increasing among kids, the kids who suffer from allergies will have to hope to outgrow them.