Ask the Doctor: Food allergies a Life Sentence for My Baby?

June 05, 2011 12:00 AM

Q: Are food allergies a life sentence for my child?

A: While many children eventually outgrow their food allergies, others go on to develop other allergies, such as to ragweed, mold and pet dander. This progression of sensitivity to different allergens is called the “allergy march,” and can eventually lead to severe allergic symptoms and even asthma as a child matures. For this reason, it is important that children suspected of having a food allergy be medically evaluated to diagnose and treat the allergy.

Harvey W. Kaufman, M.D., is senior medical director for Quest Diagnostics, a leading diagnostic testing company. Dr. Kaufman was a study investigator for Quest Diagnostics’ Allergies Across America, the largest study ever conducted on allergy testing. To read the report, visit

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