An article in the Wall Street Journal today states that the number of children with severe food allergies has increased sharply. About six million school-age kids in the U.S., or one out of every 13, has serious food allergies, according to the latest medical research published in 2011 in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ official journal. The number of children with food allergies rose 18% from 1997 through 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some common allergy triggers are milk, shellfish, legumes, sesame, eggs and tree nuts like almonds and walnuts. Consuming these can bring on an anaphylactic reaction, in which a person’s throat closes, cutting off oxygen, or the stomach convulses and the lungs eventually swell up. Death can occur within a few minutes, or it can take time for the reaction to spread.
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