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Children and food allergies

1 in 13 children has a food allergy.

1 in 13 children has a food allergy.

That’s roughly two kids in every classroom.

Jennifer Gilbert show you how the approach to food allergies is drastically changing.

Like most first time parents, Braelyn Vareen-Ray’s parents, Ashley and Brandi worry a lot.

“I normally freak out with little things that happen with her,” Brandi Vereen-Ray said.

And the rise in food allergies has given new parents another cause for concern.

Common food allergies include milk, egg and nuts and reactions can be serious, even life threatening. What’s most shocking, the dramatic increase in food allergies in recent years.

“What’s fascinating is that in the last 20 years, allergies of all kinds, including food allergies have actually doubled,” Dr. Gaurav Kumar said.

It’s not clear why.

One possibility, the hygiene theory, basically we’ve made our environments too clean, with too few germs.

“Our immune system has had less to do and therefore it’s actually started reacting to other things,” said Dr. Kumar.

In 2000, The American Academy of Pediatrics made a recommendation saying parents should avoid giving their children certain foods until later in a child’s life. Avoid milk until age one, avoid eggs until age two and avoid nuts until age three.

But in 2008, they struck down those guidelines, saying it was unclear what the right age should be.

Begin introducing those foods, in a safe manner, closely monitored at home.

If a baby has a family history of food allergies, it should be done under the supervision of a doctor.

Ashley and Brandi are looking forward to branching out with Braelyn’s diet.

They are pretty sure she is looking forward to it to.

Parents should talk with their pediatricians about the best strategy for introducing new foods to babies.

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