Start of school especially tough for food allergy sufferers

3 Sep

Start of school especially tough for food allergy sufferers

by Statesman

“I remember the first year, just before my son was going to enter kindergarten. I had just sat down in the principal’s office before I burst into tears and cried for an hour straight,” she said. Seemingly benign Goldfish crackers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might as well be “anthrax,” she said.

 

Researchers don’t know why, but the number of kids with food allergies is increasing — up to 1 in every 13 from 1 in 25 children, according to a Northwestern University study published in the July 2011 issue of Pediatrics.

“Where we used to have one or two new cases a week, now we have five or six a day,” said Allen Lieberman , an Austin allergist.

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