Three per cent of all one-year-old children throughout our ‘lucky country’ are unable to eat foods with peanuts or traces of peanuts because they are allergic, according to the 2011 HealthNuts study.
The good news is that for some children, allergic severity will lessen with age.
However, around 20 per cent of cases will become worse over time and up to 75 per cent of kids will endure a peanut allergy for the rest of their life.
President of Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia, Maria Said, describes these figures as a “real concern”.
“What we know from fatality studies is that the majority of people who die from a severe reaction to a food – anaphylaxis – die as a result of consuming peanuts or other nuts when they have an allergy to them,” explains Said.