Autistic kids likely to Suffer from Food Allergies
A new study finds that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than twice as likely to suffer from a food allergy than children who do not have ASD.
For the study, researchers analyzed the health information of nearly 200,000 children gathered by the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an annual survey of American households conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The children were between the ages of 3 and 17 and the data was gathered between 1997 and 2016.
The study found that 11.25 percent of children diagnosed with ASD have a food allergy, significantly higher than the 4.25 percent of children who are not diagnosed with ASD and have a food allergy.
The new study found 18.73 percent of children with ASD suffered from respiratory allergies, while 12.08 percent of children without ASD had such allergies. It also found that 16.81 percent of children with ASD had skin allergies, well above the 9.84 percent of children without ASD.
This indicates there could be a shared mechanism linking different types of allergic conditions to ASD.