Child peanut allergy on the rise

10 January 2018

Childhood peanut allergy levels in the US have risen by 21% since 2010 and it may now affect nearly 2.5% of children, says new research presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual scientific meeting.


The study surveyed more than 53,000 households between October 2015 and September 2016. It also found that tree nut, shellfish, fish and sesame allergies may be on the rise.

Lead author Ruchi Gupta said: ‘While 21% represents a large increase in the number of kids with a likely peanut allergy, the good news is that parents now have a way to potentially prevent peanut allergy by introducing peanut products to infants early after assessing risk with their paediatrician and allergist.’

US guidelines introduced in January 2017 are based on ground-breaking research that shows introducing foods containing peanuts to high-risk infants (those with severe eczema and/or a history of egg allergy) was significantly more likely to prevent them developing a peanut allergy (click here for a Q&A with a leading researcher on peanut allergy).

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