Children food allergy cases jump, doctors stumped

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) Doctors are stumped by the growing number of food allergy cases involving children in recent years.

According to a study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2013, food allergy cases among children jumped by about 50% between 1997-2011.

The diagnosis can be life changing for families.

“It can be very stressful for the children and stressful for parents and be a source of anxiety for families,” said Dr. Tracy Fausnight, Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Karen Muller knows first hand how difficult it can be. Two of her three children were diagnosed with food allergies when they were babies. Her daughter was allergic to milk protein and her son had a soy allergy. Muller had to change her diet because she was nursing them.

“It was hard because some of my favorite foods are pizza with cheese and at that point she is 10 now there weren’t a lot of options or well known options,” said Muller.

Muller’s children outgrew their allergies but the experience made her change the way the entire family eats. They eat a lot of organic and whole and natural foods. She also limits the amount of dairy they eat. Muller said she sees a difference in their health and behavior.

 

“Anything from fatigue has improved and their reactions to when they are angry and upset or any of that. They almost get along better with each other,” said Muller.

Our coverage of food allergies continues Saturday morning on abc27 News Daybreak at 8 a.m. The Wild Tomato is a Dauphin County restaurant that offers gluten-free and vegan food. It’s become a haven for many people on a restrictive diet. Its owner, Dominic Sacca, will talk about why healthy eating can be tasty during our newscast

 

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