Australia has one of highest rates of allergies in the world, and according to research from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the highest published rates of food allergy in children.

It is estimated, based upon this research, that approximately 1 in 10 infants experience a food allergy. We also know that there has been between two to threefold increase in the presentations to emergency departments in Australia because of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) to foods and medications over the past two decades.

In Australia, infants who are particularly at risk of developing a food allergy include those with allergic (or atopic) eczema, particularly where it is moderate or severe in severity, those with a family history of allergies, and infants who are first born Australians whose parents have emigrated from Asia to Australia (more on that later).

 

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