Peanut Allergies Double in Children - Report from Down Under


This could be old news as I am new to this, but I just saw a report from Australia that said 1 in 90 children were diagnosed with a peanut allergy in 2004. That number had doubled from 1995. Have people read similar reports? I am most frightened by the fact that the number has doubled in 10 years.


By barbfeick on Apr 21, 2009

I found the following statistics about Australia:

Australia has one of the highest allergic incidence rates in the developed world.

Today one in 20 Australian children suffer from a potentially fatal food allergy with the main offenders being everyday foods like eggs, peanuts, milk and fish. There has been a sharp increase in allergies over the past ten years. Australia has the highest prevalence of peanut allergy among its young, one child in every 50 has a dairy allergy and the prevalence of diseases such as eczema and hay fever has tripled in the last 30 years.

But the biggest rise in food allergies is being seen not in adults but in children under five, as shown by data published in the October issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2007;120:878-84). The study found a 5 1/2-fold increase in the rate of Australian hospital admissions between 1994 and 2005 for food-related anaphylaxis in the under-fives — a much greater rise than in any other age group.

The big increase has hit at exactly the same time the recommended number of vaccinations was increased for children. If you check the statistics, the allergies are increasing among the population that is being vaccinated.