Has the medical profession come up with a plausible reason why so many children have peanut allergies today?
I've only been a member of Cafe Mom for a year, so I don't know if you've discussed this particular angle before. In my family from my grandparents on down, there were 6 kids + husband and/or wives, 18 grandchildren, and 20+ great grandchildren. None of us had peanut allergies. None of my kids friends had peanut allergies either. It seems to me that this is a medical phenomonom in the past 10-15 years.
I never knew anyone with peanut allergies in my entire life until my daughter gave herself a nut allergy at about the age of 10. She scoffed down most of a bag of pistachios in a few days, and I didn't notice it. I picked up on it when she developed hives. For years after that, every time she ate nuts, she got hives. I had to stop bringing them home. She can eat them now, as long as she doesn't go way overboard.
It just boggles my mind that it is so common today, and I understand how dangerous it is to so many children. So, I was just interested if the medical profession really has any idea why this is happening so much today.