Born with allergies vs. developing allergies

Ronald Ferdman, MD Pediatrician, Allergy & Immunology, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, explains how kids aren't born with food allergies, but instead can develop them beginning at a very young age
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Born with allergies vs. developing allergies

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Children aren't born with food allergies but they can develop food allergies at a very, very young age, sometimes just a couple weeks of age. But most children who develop allergies do develop it under a year of age. You can develop food allergies at any age, so even adults can get allergies for the first time even thought they've eaten the food their entire life. But it is very common under a year of age. In fact, it's the most common presentations that start under a year of age. Although you can develop food allergies at any age, most of the time you develop most of your allergies as a young child or an infant and then you spend slowly, hopefully, outgrowing those food allergies.

Ronald Ferdman, MD Pediatrician, Allergy & Immunology, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, explains how kids aren't born with food allergies, but instead can develop them beginning at a very young age

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Ronald Ferdman, MD

Pediatrician, Allergy and Immunology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Ronald Ferdman received his BA from the University of California at San Diego and his MD from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia.  He completed both his Pediatric residency and his fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, then obtained a Masters in Medical Education (MEd) from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Education.  He currently is an attending physician in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.  He is board certified allergy/immunologist, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.  His current interests include management of allergic and immunologic diseases in high-risk children and education for families and clinicians. He is a California native, where he currently lives with his wife Susan and their three of four children, and spends his spare time wishing for more.

 

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