Childhood Allergy

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A briefing which describes the prevalence of allergic disorders in children and the factors which contribute to the development of allergies in infancy and early childhood. It also summarises new developments in research and treatment and gives an overview of current health policy on allergy services.

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In the UK, 40-50% of children have at least one diagnosed allergy. The increased prevalence of allergies negatively impacts affected children’s quality of life and puts pressure on health services. This note discusses the causes and extent of allergic disease in childhood, examines the links between allergy, genetics and the environment and summarises current research.

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Authors: Sarah Bunn; POST

Topics: Children and families, Diseases, Health education and preventive medicine, Health services, Medicine, Science

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