Managing Food Allergies: 5 Surprising New Approaches to Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

March 10, 2015 1:50 PM

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Food allergies now affect nearly 15 million Americans, including 8 percent of kids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but those numbers are continuing to rise. Researchers have been racing to understand why there's been a 20 percent jump in children’s food allergies over the past decade in order to help reverse the trend. One thing they’ve determined: Having at-risk children avoid allergenic foods such as eggs, nuts and fish until preschool – which was common practice a decade ago – likely has contributed to the increase in food allergies.

These recent research findings will probably lead to new feeding advice for babies who are prone to food allergies, experts say.

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