Curious Kids: How Do We Get Allergic To Food?
Lucinda Berglund, 28 Sep 17
       

Allergies may be in the genes that are passed down from parents to children. Flickr/U.S. Department of Agriculture, CC BY

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome – serious, weird or wacky!


How do we get allergic to food? – Younus, age 9, Perth


That’s a really interesting question, and one that many scientists and doctors are also trying to understand better.

It all starts with the immune system. Every person has one - a group of cells, tissues and organs in the body that helps you fight infections.

It does this by fighting off bugs that might make you sick when they enter your body. This is very important both in keeping you well, as well as helping you recover when you do get sick with an infection.

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