Food Allergies in Children on Rise

by Emily Baird on November 11, 2009 at 6:14 am

Health experts are saying food allergies in children is on the rise.

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre says that number is up 18 percent and is continuing to rise.

"Peanuts is the one that’s known the best, but actually, milk is at the top of the list. Other kinds of tree nuts-besides peanuts-and soy proteins. Some children have trouble with wheat or gluten products, corn, strawberries, and red foods, " says Whitacre.

Some signs of food allergies are when rashes or hives become present. Children may also experience abdominal pain, shortness of breath, or may even go into shock if the food allergy is severe enough, but Whitacre says parents may be able to help their children from developing a food allergy.

"Not feeding your baby foods before the age of six months they think is one of the best ways to protect your child from developing food allergies and also breastfeeding, " says Whitacre.

Whitacre says if your child does have a food allergy, it is important to monitor the foods they eat because 150 people die each year from reactions to food.