Allergies in children

Incidence of allergies in children

Results from a survey (2009-2010) of more than 38,000 children indicate that 5.9 million children, or 8 %, have food allergies. That’s 1 in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom.13

The Center for Disease control in the United States of America estimates about a 50 % increase in the rate of food allergies diagnosed in children under age 18.13

Skin allergies are also on the increase, while respiratory allergies are declining.14

Significant increasing linear trend for food and skin allergy from 1997–1999 to 2009–2011.14

Compared to children without food allergy, children with food allergy are more than twice as likely to have asthma and more than three times as likely to have respiratory allergy or eczema.13

Impact on quality of life

Allergies affect children’s sleep, impair learning, memory and behaviour.7

About 1 in 3 children with food allergy reports being bullied as a result. Compared to children who do not have a medical condition, children with food allergy are twice as likely to be bullied.13

Can Food Allergies Be Outgrown?

Although allergies to milk, egg, wheat and soy often resolve in childhood, research suggests that children may outgrow at least some of these food sensitivities more slowly than was found in previous decades, with many children still allergic beyond age.13

Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish are generally lifelong.13

Highly-allergic children should wear a medical alert bracelet, and parents should always keep their medication, prescribed by a doctor.8