QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged <18 Years with a Food or Digestive Allergy in the Past 12 Months,* by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2007–2018†
Weekly / September 27, 2019 / 68(38);831
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* Based on the response of “yes” to the survey question, asked of the parent or guardian, “During the past 12 months, has [child’s name] had any kind of food or digestive allergy?”
† Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample child component.
During 2007 to 2018, the percentage of children aged 0–17 years with a food or digestive allergy in the past 12 months increased from 4.0% in 2007 to 6.5% in 2018. Among children aged <5 years, the percentage of food or digestive allergies increased from 4.7% to 5.8%, and among children aged 5–17 years, the percentage of food or digestive allergies also increased from 3.7% to 6.7%.
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2007–2018 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.
Reported by: Alison Filbey; Benjamin Zablotsky, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-458-4621; Carla Zelaya, PhD.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged <18 Years with a Food or Digestive Allergy in the Past 12 Months, by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2007–2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:831. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6838a6external icon.
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