Your Kid Have a Food Allergy? That's $4K a Year
Study tallies parents' cost for first time
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2013 7:27 PM CDT
Updated Sep 21, 2013 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Parents can expect to shell out $4,200 a year for a child with food allergies, according to the first study to add up the myriad costs. Only part of that total is in straight-up medical bills, reports the Los Angeles Times. The study in JAMA Pediatrics also factored in the costs of buying special food, placing the child in schools or camps willing to accommodate their needs, and even sacrificing or at least compromising careers for the sake of the child. Parents “often need to be at school, social events, or camp to educate and affirm the seriousness of their child’s condition,” the researchers explain.

It all adds up: "Kids with food allergies don't tend to have long hospital stays, but your expenses come in other ways," says the lead author from Northwestern, reports USA Today. The study estimated that food allergies, which affect about 8% of US kids, cost nearly $25 billion a year overall. Families pay some $20.5 billion of that after accounting for health insurance.

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Sep 18, 2013 6:05 AM CDT
this is a serious matter...Peanut allergies can kill a kid within 15- 30min...pple who don't have kids or kids with food allergies have no idea how this is $hut up
Sep 17, 2013 11:08 PM CDT
As they used to tell us kids: "You gotta eat a peck of dirt before you die." Kids to day are washed, sprayed, and all but soaked in Clorox every time they touch something. Babies are carried around in plastic buckets and not touched. Who knows? All those baby wipes are saturated with who knows what thata could cause who knows what allergy, etc.
Sep 17, 2013 8:48 PM CDT
We used to let kids play out in the dirt and weeds. Now, Mom walks behind Joey with a sanitary wipe in case he touches something that hasn't been sterilized. Many fewer rural kids are allergic than city kids. Same with asthma.