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June 20th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Food allergies: What can you do to keep your kids safe?

A new study by Pediatrics has found that nearly 6 million, or 8% of children, have food allergies. Of those kids, about 30% are allergic to multiple foods, and just under 40% have experienced severe symptoms like anaphylaxis, low blood pressure and trouble breathing.

CNN Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen joins Carol Costello this morning to discuss what exactly is causing the allergy increase and to offer advice to concerned parents.

Filed under: Allergies • Health
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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Filed under: Allergies • Food