The prevalence of food allergies in children was mapped to a study conducted by the Turkish National Allergy and Clinical Immunology Association, which lasted 2 years and was conducted in 26 centers across Turkey. Demirören News Agency, chairman of the Turkish National Allergy and Clinical Immunology Association Nutrition Working Group and evaluating the results to the Acadeniz University Faculty of Medicine Pediatric Immunology and Allergy, Professor of Chest Diseases. Dr. Ain Bingol said: “This is the most comprehensive study we’ve done on this subject. This is the first time we’ve seen results from all of Turkey collectively. Cow’s milk, egg and wheat allergies are the most common food allergy in our kids. More
These allergies improve as the baby gets older. But despite doctors telling families that they can start these foods, 25 percent of healthy children do not start these foods again. “It’s very unfair, because these foods are essential nutrients in our daily diet,” he said.
Children at 26 centers monitored for 2 years have been diagnosed with allergies
Professor Dr. Explaining that they aimed to conduct a multi-center study to determine the characteristics of food allergies in Turkey, Bingol said, “For this, we have planned surveys by pediatric allergists at 26 different centers, including all centers in Turkey. The 18-year-old was followed with a diagnosis.
Later, this information was collected in a center and processed by public health experts and statisticians and the results were presented. Accordingly, food allergies are most common between the ages of 0-2 years. This is as true in our country as it is in the world. We usually start seeing food allergies in the first year of life. Although food allergies such as milk, eggs and wheat have been declining for years, allergies to nuts and seafood have persisted for many years. In other words, a significant portion of food allergies improve with age.
Cow’s milk allergies are most common in Turkey
Mentioning that it has been determined that the characteristics of food allergies in our country are not very different according to the region, Prof. Dr. Dr. “We often have allergies to cow’s milk. This was followed by eggs, nuts, wheat and seafood. Geography is a very important and effective factor in food allergies. So we have tried to determine the characteristics of all regions of our country. In fact, Turkey Too big. ” A country and each region has different geographical features and different climates. We checked to see if it could have an effect, but we didn’t see much change. Because in our country, even though the differences are very small, the eating habits and nutrition aspects are generally the same, “he said.
Even if the allergy goes away, the family cannot start it again
Professor Dr. Bingöl says that one of the most important findings of this study is that despite the improvement in food allergies in children, families stay away from these foods and deprive children of these foods, and continue to say the following: Very unfair. , Then the child and the family completely avoid those foods and it becomes a huge problem. Even though we say, ‘OK, you can start this food’, 25% of children with allergies do not start this food again. If a child has a food allergy, a food allergist may occasionally test for tolerance and return to those foods.
For example, it has a very high healing properties in allergies to milk, eggs and wheat. Tolerance tests can be done at frequent breaks. These are essential nutrients in our daily lives. But in a child that develops a severe nut or marine allergy, endurance tests are not done very often. These babies need to be monitored at long intervals. Since cow’s milk, eggs and wheat are very basic foods, the baby’s quick contact with these foods can cause rapid tolerance to these foods. But since seafood and foods like nuts are not very frequent, it takes a long time for the baby to develop tolerance towards it.
High risk for male children born by caesarean section
According to the survey, the rate of allergy to cow’s milk among 0-2 year olds is 70.6 percent. Between the ages of 13-18, it decreases by 25 percent. Also, cow’s milk is one of the foods that can cause allergic shock (anaphylaxis) in childhood. By the time they reach the age of 16, 80 percent of children with cow’s milk allergies and egg allergies typically develop tolerance to these foods. Almond allergies such as hazelnuts, walnuts, pesto, cashews, peanuts, on the other hand, increase with age and recovery is not observed.
Sesame allergy, which is very common in Middle Eastern countries, is also on the rise in Turkey. On the other hand, soy allergy is not common in our country. One of the most interesting findings of the study is that babies born by caesarean section have a higher risk of food allergies. Food allergies are more common, especially in people with allergic reactions in the male sex and in mothers. Food allergies not only cause mild symptoms such as redness, itching, and rash, but about 18 percent of them can be fatal allergic shock (anaphylaxis).