Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Youth Food Allergies are on the Rise

Content by Kyle Lowe (Guest Blogger)

Allergies are becoming more and more common in young children and have seemed to become more serious in the last decade. In my son’s preschool class alone, 14 children in the class have some type of food allergy, many of them serious, like my son’s. He is allergic to peanut butter and often finds it difficult to breathe when he comes in contact with it. Three other children in his class share the same affliction. Another common food allergy appears to be gluten intolerance, which is increasingly likely to occur in small children. Often a side effect of Chron’s disease, gluten allergys cause mild to severe stomach discomfort and can be avoided with a carefully monitored diet. Still prevalent are the classic allergies of milk and nuts, though these have become more detailed in description in the last few years. Now children have “lactose intolerance” or a “legume allergy.” If you need more information about childhood allergies, visit the website for the National Allergy Foundation. If you don’t have a reliable internet connection, perhaps try like I did to set up mobile broadband.

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