The Journal of Pediatrics recently published a new study on the rising number of food allergies in kids. The study found that nearly 8% of children under 18 have a food allergy (nearly 6 million kids).  That means that 1 in 13 kids has some sort of food allergy, many of which are severe. Nationwide surveys that were conducted found that the most common allergens are peanuts, shellfish, eggs and wheat.  While researchers and doctors are working diligently to find out more about the causes of these allergies, there are currently no preventative methods in place. Doctors recommend that if your child develops a rash or hives, keep track of the foods you believe to cause the effect and to call your child’s pediatrician.  In the case of any swelling or respiratory effects, take your child to the emergency room or doctor immediately.