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By: Dave Gordon

Many people do not believe or understand the seriousness of children’s allergies, often resulting in dangerous consequences. Researchers at the University of Leicester in Britain found that some parents of children with allergies are accused of being neurotic, and some allergic children are even taunted or excluded in social events. The study, which was published in the journal Chronic Illness, reports cases of family members or friends deliberately giving nuts to an allergic child to see if the allergy is real. One in 12 children in the U.S., or six million kids, are allergic to at least one food, according to research in the journal Pediatrics. Peanuts, milk and shellfish are the most common allergens. Peanuts can trigger the potentially fatal reaction anaphylaxis, which causes difficulty breathing, vomiting, and a drop in blood pressure.