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Food allergies can be costly

Having a child with a food allergy can not only be tough on the child, it can be expensive for the parents.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Having a child with a food allergy can not only be tough on the child, it can be expensive for the parents.

The cost of a food allergy in an average American child is more than $4,000 a year, according to a new survey from Northwestern University in Chicago.

What’s surprising is that most of that cost is from direct medical care, but from the parents who are caring for their allergic child, researchers say that having to change jobs or take part-time work in order to provide proper care cost parents an average of $2,400 per year.

Many parents in the survey said they had to quit jobs or had been fired in connection with their child’s allergy.

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