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June 20th, 2011
08:59 AM ET

Major study shows child food allergies on the rise – one expert explains why

A national study of food allergies in the US, the largest of its kind, finds that more children have food allergies than previously reported.

The study, in the journal "Pediatrics," found that almost 6 million children have food allergies in the U.S., and 8% of children under the age of 18 experience allergies. Of those, 38.7% had a history of severe reactions, and 30.4% had multiple food allergies. The most common allergies were to peanuts (25.2%), milk (21.2%) and shellfish (17.2%).

Dr. Scott Sicherer, professor of Pediatrics at Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center, joins Kiran Chetry and Carol Costello on American Morning to explain the increase in incidents of food allergies in children.

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  1. karen gardasil kills

    Doctors won't admit it. However, vaccination causes food allergies by sending the immune system into overdrive. My daughter was nursed, we have no allergy history in our family and she is allergic to almost all fruits and vegetables. It's time that real research is done on how these poisonous vaccines destroy childrens lives and make doctors and Pig Pharma rich.

    June 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  2. Julie

    They should compare how food is processed in other countries as, Austria does not have over processed foods. They have eliminated most plastic containers oil based products, They have returned to glass bottles and wax cardboard containers. . They do not use the over use of anitbiotics either in animals or even for medical purposes and only prescibe it at last resort. I think a lot of it is from pesticides.
    When my first baby has many allergies, Dr. after suggested I fed her too early. So, the next 3, I read up on it, and limited many foods if any and nursed them until they were 2, and none had any allergies..

    June 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm |