Inner city kids appear to suffer more from food allergies than the general population, according to new research lead by Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Researchers had already found that kids in four large cities are more vulnerable to asthma and environmental allergies.
The new findings, which were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, show 10 percent of the kids were allergic to milk, eggs or peanuts, the three most common food allergens. Just six percent of kids nationally are allergic to these foods, according to National Institute of Health estimates.
More kids are likely allergic, but the researchers tested for only those three foods.
“Our findings are a wake-up call, signaling an urgent need to unravel the causes, contributors and mechanisms that drive the high prevalence of food allergies among an already vulnerable group known for its high risk of asthma and environmental allergies,” Dr. Robert Wood, the senior investigator and director of pediatric allergy and immunology at Hopkins, said in a statement.