Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
The recent Skippy peanut butter recall serves as a reminder that peanuts are still a problem in the U.S., in more ways than just salmonella.
Food allergies among children are actually increasing in the United States, the most common being the peanut allergy. Peanut allergies are the most dangerous, since often breathing or eating just a small amount of peanuts could cause fatal reactions such as anaphylactic shock and death.
While most children grow out of certain food allergies by the time they are in their teens, some have worsening allergies or later develop certain allergies. In a recent New Yorker article, most doctors have commonly believed that children are less likely to develop food allergies if they are not exposed to certain foods as babies. Those with food allergies have to avoid certain foods for life, reading labels carefully and asking about ingredients, since no other particular treatments are available.