Food Allergy Center
The Children's Mercy Food Allergy Center is designated as a National Center of Excellence and a Clinical Research Center of Distinction by the Food Allergy and Research Education (FARE) Clinical Network. As many as 1 in 13 children—that’s two in every classroom—are affected by food allergies, and the numbers continue to increase.
In general, children with food allergies have extra-sensitive immune systems that react to harmless substances called allergens in certain foods and drinks. When the person eats an allergen, like a peanut or other triggering food, the body produces antibodies to the specific allergen, leading to an immune reaction.