Allergies in general and food allergies in particular may be becoming more common among children. As many as one in 12 youngsters in the U.S. could be allergic to certain foods. The data were collected in a nationwide online survey of parents. The most common culprits were peanuts, milk and shellfish. According to the authors, as many as 40 percent of the kids with allergies had experienced a serious or life-threatening reaction at some point.
[Pediatrics, June 20, 2011]