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November 4th, 2010
07:26 AM ET

Mom to blame for kid's peanut allergy?

The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich not so popular in the lunchroom anymore.

More kids than ever are being diagnosed with peanut allergies. In fact, the number of kids with nut allergies has more than tripled in the last decade.

A researcher shares new evidence on American Morning today that could explain why pregnant mothers who crave peanut butter may play a role.

Dr. Scott Sicherer of  the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute explains this morning with Kiran Chetry on American Morning.

Filed under: American Morning • Health • Parenting
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Heather

    Dr. Sicherer clearly says there is no reason to feel guilty. If you go to the website as he suggests, and do your own research you will see that they are researching many, many factors, not just this one. They are working very hard to try to figure this problem out. My son has many food allergies despite the fact that I nursed him exclusively for 6 months, and up until 18 months AND I delayed all of the typical allergenic foods. I, for one, do not feel my tax dollar are being wasted and am very glad they are doing as much research as they are.

    November 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  2. Val

    Julie: there is food in plastic in Europe. And my Dutch fiance loves the local yogurt with aspartame (aspartaam) and I have a sugar substitute with sucralose (Splenda) in it. They also have obesity here, though not nearly as much: probably because almost everyone is physically active.

    November 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  3. tf

    Never ate a nut my whole pregnancy and have a kid with a tree nut allergy. What a waste of our tax dollars and money to fund real food allergy research.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  4. Julie

    Well, I doubt this. I did find that nursing babies, they had less allergies. And, learning not to feed them things before age 3 had a great benefit.
    I believe that the spray dope malthion leads to allergies, as I once used this in daughter;s room when she had this cat with fleas. OMG she was allergic to many things. Took her years to get over allergies.
    Plastic bottles laced with all those gasoline particles. In Europe they had dropped all plastic near food and went back to cardboard wax and paper for food. There was actually a 56% drop in heart desease and cancer, and they have no obesity. No aspartame or splenda over there.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  5. Randy

    I did not eat peanut butter, not a big nut eater, am not a milk drinker or a cheese eater, do not eat eggs because I don't like them....and my son has all those some others. So I also disagree....

    November 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  6. SR

    I hate the smell and the taste of peanuts and shellfish and those happen to be two things my daughter is allergic to. Wish they would find out why this is so prevelant, but I truly believe it is not something that we did wrong during our pregnancy! I also believe breastfeeding doesn't prevent food allergies either.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  7. JK

    This is a terrible study!!! Great way to make woman feel guilty about their kid's allergies. Please..................... look at more parts of this equation

    November 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  8. Michelle

    It is such a 'crap shoot'. I lived on PB&J when I was pregnant with my daughter. Literally, I ate no less than 2 sandwiches a day for the first 3 months because I was so sick, and that was about all that would sustain me. She is 'healthy as a horse'. All she had was a yogurt intolerance while in diapers, and yogurt hasn't ever crossed these lips!

    My son, on the other hand, was allergic to milk protein, soy, oats, peanuts, and tree nuts. Thankfully, the peanuts and tree nuts are 'all' that remain. While pregnant with him, though, I ate salad, watermelon, and much healthier stuff than with my daughter.

    The only certainty is the uncertainty! I look forward to the day when food allergies, particularly those that are life threatening, can be either prevented or cured!

    November 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  9. Helen

    I can't stand the smell or taste of any peanuts/peanut butter...won't eat the stuff...yet, my daughter has a peanut allergy. So, I have to disagree.

    November 4, 2010 at 11:09 am |