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The Truth About Allergies 

With fifty per cent of children in the UK living with food, non-food and airborne allergies, it is now classed as an epidemic. Allergies are one of the most serious difficulties that children and young people under 18 face today.


Eight per cent of children under the age of 18 have food allergies. This number may rise in the coming years.


Cow's milk is the most common food allergy in children. This is closely followed by peanuts and tree nuts.


Eggs, fish, and shellfish are also common allergies in the paediatric population. 


Children with atopic eczema are at an even higher risk of developing food allergies, in particular peanut allergies. Almost 1 in 5 children develop a peanut allergy by 5 years of age. Cow’s milk allergy has a similar prevalence to peanut allergy. Approximately 1 in 40 children now have a milk allergy. Cow’s milk allergy in the UK is known to be the highest in Europe, with approximately half of those children suffering from eczema and gastrointestinal symptoms.


 According to NHS data and statistics, 28,177 people in England were hospitalised during 2017 and 2018 due to an allergy related medical complaint. Of these, 3,817 were children under 18.


For more allergy statistics and further information, please visit the following sites:


Allergy UK

Anaphylaxis Campaign 

BSACI

NHS



Allergies are not just medical conditions that affect children physically. They can affect every aspect of a child's life. That's why it is so important that allergies in children are looked at holistically, so that all allergic children's unique needs can be met.