Your Child’s Growth May be Affected by a Food Allergy

Common food allergies in children

Common food allergies in children (Photo credit: Adams999)

A study presented during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology on February 22-26 found that children with food allergies had lower weight and body mass index percentiles than children without allergies. This slower growth may be the result of removing of foods from their diets.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill analyzed the charts of children between the age of one month to 11 years old who had been seen at University outpatient clinics between 2007 and 2011. They were able to identify 245 food allergic children from those records. The researchers then compared the height, weight and BMI of the allergic children to the height, weight, and BMI of 4,584 healthy children within the same age range and 205 children with cystic fibrosis and celiac disease also within that range. Cystic fibrosis and celiac disease inhibit growth in children.

Here’s what the researchers discovered:

  • After the age of two,  food allergic children had lower weight and BMI percentiles
  • Children with more than two food allergies had lower percentiles for height and weight than children with only one or two food allergies
  • Children who were allergic to milk had lower percentiles for weight and BMI as compared with those with other types of food allergies

 

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~ by chasm63 on February 25, 2013.

One Response to “Your Child’s Growth May be Affected by a Food Allergy”

  1. Reblogged this on Brooklyn Allergy Mom's Blog and commented:
    I read this study the other day and my child, at fifteen, is about 2 – 4 inches smaller than what we thought she would be when she was born. What do you think? Is your allergic child smaller?

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