TABLE 2

Food, Skin, and Respiratory Allergy and Hay Fever Prevalence Estimates Among Children <18 Years of Age in the United States in Selected Years

ConditionPrevalence, No. of Cases (%, Estimate ± SE)
19971999a2001200320052007
Food allergyb491 (3.3 ± 0.2)384 (3.2 ± 0.2)473 (3.5 ± 0.2)444 (3.6 ± 0.2)515 (4.0 ± 0.2)378 (3.9 ± 0.3)
Skin allergy/eczemac1086 (7.9 ± 0.3)808 (7.0 ± 0.3)1105 (8.4 ± 0.3)1066 (9.1 ± 0.3)1222 (9.9 ± 0.3)856 (8.9 ± 0.3)
Respiratory allergy1684 (12.0 ± 0.3)1313 (10.8 ± 0.4)1667 (12.6 ± 0.4)1386 (11.5 ± 0.4)1490 (11.7 ± 0.4)856 (9.6 ± 0.4)
Hay feverd1485 (10.4 ± 0.3)1223 (10.3 ± 0.3)1319 (10.2 ± 0.4)1178 (9.7 ± 0.3)1309 (10.5 ± 0.3)931 (10.1 ± 0.4)
  • The data source was the NHIS.

  • a In 1999, the allergy questions were not asked for 2-year-old subjects in the NHIS.

  • b P < .01 for weighted, least-squares, regression trend test.

  • c P < .0001 for weighted, least-squares, regression trend test.

  • d P < .05 for weighted, least-squares, regression trend test.