Association of Food Allergy and Other Allergic Conditions With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children

June 12th, 2018 - By jen in Autism Spectrum

Ques­tion  What are the asso­ci­a­tions of food allergy and other allergic condi­tions with autism spec­trum disorder (ASD) in chil­dren?

Find­ings  This cross-sectional study used nation­ally repre­sen­ta­tive data from 199 520 chil­dren aged 3 to 17 years who partic­i­pated in the US National Health Inter­view Survey from 1997 to 2016. Chil­dren with food, respi­ra­tory, and skin aller­gies were signif­i­cantly more likely to have ASD than chil­dren without these aller­gies.

Meaning  Common allergic condi­tions, in partic­ular food allergy, are asso­ci­ated with ASD among US chil­dren, but the under­lying mech­a­nism for this asso­ci­a­tion needs further study.

Read full article: JAMA Network, “Asso­ci­a­tion of Food Allergy and Other Allergic Condi­tions With Autism Spec­trum Disorder in Chil­dren”