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July 19, 2006

Food Allergies - One More Thing to Blame on Mom and Dad

We know that food allergies have a genetic component. How big a role does genetics play in child food allergies? Pretty big. In fact, you can blame both mom and dear ol' dad.

Research has shown that having one parent with allergies of ANY kind gives the child a risk of 33 percent; both parents having allergies gives the child a 66 percent risk. Now this is not just specific to food allergies. Specific allergies (for example nuts, wheat, pollen, cat) are generally not inherited, just the capacity to be allergic to these things.

Posted by David at July 19, 2006 3:01 PM