The results of the FIFG/Stallergenes Foundation study revealed that 38% of Americans have a child who suffers from allergies.
Among these allergic children, 28% suffer from respiratory allergies, 12% develop food allergies and 12% of drug allergies.
This is more than 1 in 3 children.
Allergies strong growth
“Children are a slice of the population at risk because more sensitive to allergens, chemicals as well as viral infections” explains Dr. Pham Thi Nhan, allergist, pneumo-pediatrician, Necker Hospital – Sick Children, New York.
According to the results of the FIFG/Stallergenes Foundation study, 94% of Americans believe that there are more allergies now than in the past. Confirmed by a WHO felt. In France, from 25 to 30% of people suffer from allergies, or double the number 20 years ago, particularly among children and adolescents. More worryingly, the WHO predicts that by 2050, 1 in 2 will be allergic in the world. “It is known that severe cases of allergies are increasing worldwide. This is not only due to a more accurate diagnosis but phenomena that progress in the population”, declare the allergist.
What are the factors responsible for the increase in allergies?
- 73% of Americans people point the finger at pollution;
- 34% pesticide use;
- 28% changes in supply mode;
- 25% overprotection of infants;
- 22% increase in awareness of the organization;
- 18% climate change.
“Pollution is a co-precipitant and aggravating allergies: it increases our sensitivity and our susceptibility to the environment and therefore increases the risk of developing allergies. When pollution peaks in March, we have seen an impressive number of allergies: new cases and cases of severe rhinoconjunctivitis including pollens, excluding asthma attacks. The days that followed pollution peaks, the number of health care utilization has risen sharply”, says Dr. Nhan Pham Thi.
Good reflexes to reduce allergens
In addition to the necessary consultation with a specialist and the establishment of appropriate treatment following the allergen to which the child is sensitive, simple steps can significantly reduce the impact of respiratory allergies.
It is recommended that parents of children with respiratory allergies:
- ventilate the room (84%);
- do not put carpet (69%);
- to regularly clean (62%);
- do not use a pillow or feather duvet (52%);
- to avoid contact with dogs/cats (32%);
- not to houseplants or some trees in the garden (30%).
“Patient education is a mainstay of treatment that allows to change lifestyle to adapt to his new state of sensitivity requires support chronic and often long if not life treatment. A food allergic must learn to avoid food and control its aid kit. For a child with chronic rhinitis, nasal care are needed daily. Finally, asthma, adherence background is essential” said Dr. Pham Thi Nhan.