ANCHOR LEAD: MORE CHILDREN THAN EVER SEEM TO DEVELOP FOOD ALLERGIES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
If you’ve noticed more warnings about nuts in food labels or certain ingredients used in cooking on menus, you’ve probably concluded that food allergies are more common or more serious than they used to be. You’d be right, says Robert Wood, a pediatric allergy expert at Johns Hopkins.
WOOD: There’s been a huge amount of interest in food allergies becoming more common. Most of the studies would say that there’s indeed been a two to threefold increase in food allergy in the last ten or twenty years. Our idea is that food allergies are not just more common, but that the disease has changed. The disease is more persistent, that its likely to be more severe, and that the change has been a real one in that these allergies are truly different than they used to be. :27
Wood says parents especially need to be vigilant about detecting food allergies in their children. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.