A report released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls allergy rates among U.S. children an "epidemic." According to the study, 5.1 percent of children suffer from food allergies while 12.5 percent are sensitive to skin allergies. Some of these allergies can be deadly, shining light on the increased need to shield children from a variety of allergens.
Dr. Sakina Bajowala, an allergist from the Chicago area, says, "every day we get new calls from patients. We see a lot more kids, not with just one allergy, but several."
Testing and early diagnosis are crucial in limiting the impact of allergies on children. Health care providers make diagnoses based on factors including family history, the child's history, physical exams and testing for specific allergen sensitivities.