The Prevalence, Severity, and Distribution of Childhood Food Allergy in the United States

Prior to this landmark study estimates of food allergy in the US ranged from 2–8%. These studies, however, were limited by small sample size, unclear diagnostic method, or were limited to a specific allergen. We set out to find the real prevalence and severity of childhood food allergy in the US by surveying a random sample of 40,104 households with children in the US.  We found that 8% or 1 in 12 children had a food allergy.  We also found that roughly 40% of these children had experienced a severe reaction in the past.  CLICK HERE to read the full paper.  

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