Less sun may mean more allergies

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) annual report released yesterday by the Australian Institute of Family Studies of over 8000 children showed that 15% of six- to seven-year-olds and 12% of 10- to 11-year-olds had experienced a reaction to food at some stage of their life.

However, food allergies classified as probable using clinical criteria were between 3 and 4% across both groups.

There was a positive trend between the risk of food allergy and how often children were