National Hispanic Month is celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15. This celebration is intended to recognize the rich Hispanic and Latino American heritage – histories, cultures, and their contributions to our country. And here’s one more thing to celebrate: Hispanic children have the lowest rates of allergies in the U.S.
According to a report released in May 2013, experts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed that allergies in American children are on the rise. The report reveals that between 1997 and 1999, about 3.4 percent of American children had food allergies. By 2009 to 2011, it rose up to 5.1 percent.
Aside from food allergies, cases of skin allergies between 1997 and 2011 have also shown a dramatic increase in children below 18 years of age, rising from 7.4 to 12.5 percent.
Happily for Hispanic children, though, they fared better than any other U.S. ethnic group in this allergy explosion. Hispanic kids appeared to have an overall lower rate of food, skin and respiratory allergies than kids from other races. African-American children, on the other hand, have a greater prevalence of skin allergy, but lower rates of respiratory allergy than white kids.
Scientists can’t fully explain why Hispanic children are less allergic than others, but it’s undoubtedly another reason to appreciate Hispanic heritage.