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    Diagnosis of Food Allergy in Kids More Common Than a Decade Ago

    As no-nut policies are adopted by schools and childcare centers nationwide, parents are becoming more aware of food allergies and what to watch for in their own kids. Unlike past generations, a lot of us probably know (or have) a child with a food allergy, which can make shopping and cooking for kids a real task for worried parents. Now, a new federal report shows that the number of children diagnosed with food allergies has skyrocketed in the past 10 years.
    Based on surveys of about 9,500 households, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that food allergy diagnosis in kids went up 18% from 1997 to 2007. Now, about 3 million kids and teens (or 4 out of every 100) have food allergies. And kids with a food allergy are as much as two to four times more likely to have asthma, eczema, or other allergies, too.
    According to information from another CDC survey on hospital discharges, food allergy-related hospitalizations have gone way up, too from around 2,600 from 1998 to 2000 to about 9,500 from 2004 to 2006.
    But it's hard to tell if the higher numbers of kids diagnosed with food allergies mean that more kids are actually getting food allergies now than before. It could be that parents and doctors are just more educated about and aware of food allergies and the warning signs than they were only 10 years ago.
    And because the household survey relies on parents' reports (rather than doctors') the results may not be completely accurate though this study's food allergy rates are similar to what other clinical studies have found.
    How Food Allergies Work

    With food allergies, the immune system mistakenly believes that something a person ate is harmful. To try to protect the body, the immune system produces certain types of antibodies (called immunoglobulin E, or IgE) that then cause allergy cells in the body (called mast cells) to release chemicals into the bloodstream. Histamine, one of those chemicals, then starts affecting the person's eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or gastrointestinal tract and causing the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

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    Allergic reactions to kids can be deadly if not attended directly. They have a tendency to over react and they don't know what
    to do when this happens. Itchiness is the main problem of some allergies. There are also those that do not show early symptoms
    and we tend to them too late. So better make kids aware of what they are allergic of.
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      Food allergy is one of the dangerous disease for kids if you not take care properly. Parents should be around the kids and must take care of baby food. Try to give light baby food until 1 year from birth. Some food may give bad allergy reaction to your kids so always contact to pediatrician first if you found any allergic infection or symptoms on your kids body.

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