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CDC: Children with food allergies on the rise

Research shows that childhood food allergies have been steadily increasing over the last decade.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Research shows that childhood food allergies have been steadily increasing over the last decade.

According to the Center for Disease Control, one in every 20 children will develop a food allergy.

“I think across the board there is an increase in the number of kids we are seeing with allergies,” said Dr. Marcus Rivera with Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Research shows the numbers have gone up about 50 percent in the last decade and researchers have a few theories on why.

There is some evidence to suggest that early introduction or exposure to allergens can play a role in developing tolerance.

The immune system gets used to protein and proteins drive the allergy.

Researchers believe that's where breast feeding comes into play.

There is some suggestion that the drop in breast feeding rates correlates to increased allergies.

What people are allergic to hasn't changed much over the years. Nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy and fish are still among the most common allergies.

“I think the best advice is to be cautious, but not be too afraid of exposing kids to food products,” Dr. Rivera said.

If you're introducing a new food that you may be concerned about, doctors recommend closely monitoring your child to make sure there is no reaction.

The reports shows skin allergies are also on the rise as rates among children have more than doubled in the last decade.

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