Home Health Parents News Now Food Allergy Costs Reaching Peak Levels Food Allergy Costs Reaching Peak Levels By Holly Lebowitz Rossi September 17, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_93060550 30535 Why so many kids are experiencing allergies to common food items still isn't clear, although experts suspect that some of the trend can be attributed to improved public health and sanitation efforts that may have made us too clean to build strong enough immunity to common allergens found in food and the environment. Kids not eating things like nuts and shellfish at an earlier age may also contribute to the rise in food allergies. Regardless of how the shift began, however, researchers reporting in the journal JAMA Pediatrics say that the economic cost of food allergies is also reaching a peak, with families like the Cunninghams spending an estimated $25 billion per year, or about $4,184 per child. About $4.3 billion of those costs involve direct medical fees such as medications and emergency treatments for allergic reactions, with $20.5 billion going to additional yearly costs to families. While other studies have investigated the economic toll of food allergies, few have studied in detail how these costs affect a family's finances. Image: Peanut allergies, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Food Allergy Costs Reaching Peak Levels Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.