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Food Allergies in Kids

By Douglas McMahon, MD, CMO, Allergy and Asthma Center of Minnesota; President, Minnesota Allergy Society

“Why does it seem like everyone has food allergies now, when I grew up nobody had food allergies,” a frustrated mother asked me recently. She is not alone. As a pediatric allergy specialist I am seeing the great increase in food allergies on a daily basis.

Almost every day I see a child with allergies to one of the big five: cow’s milk, hen’s egg, wheat, soy and peanuts. In fact the rate of food allergies has almost doubled over the last 20 years. However, we may be able to help this trend.

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