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Childhood Allergies On Increase: Why?

A new survey recently published indicates that the rate of allergies has increased among children in the past five years. This, in spite of recent groundbreaking re-discoveries in the treatment of allergies, particularly to Peanuts, Eggs and Dairy products. The problem is, parents are not taking responsibility and being proactive…

Give them Peanut products - © kidswithfoodallergies.orgThis public service announcement speaks for itself.

A new survey presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting suggests that Peanut allergy in children has increased 21 percent since 2010, and that nearly 2.5 percent of U.S. children may have an allergy to Peanuts. What’s more, black children were found to be twice as likely to have Peanut allergies as white children. The survey involved 53,000 American households and was conducted between 2015 and 2016.

On the other hand, recent scientific ‘re-discoveries’ in treating Peanut and other allergies promise to dramatically reduce the condition in sensitive children by the time they reach grade school age.

In fact, new Allergy Guidelines have been published…

I said ‘re-discovered’ treatments for allergies early on in this post. And that exactly what the new regime recommends.

We rejoiced when new guidelines for treating high-risk children for allergies were announced earlier this year by the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The cure? Simple. If a very young child shows indications of a Peanut sensitivity, give him or her a little Peanut Butter every day, increasing the amount gradually, and they will develop an immunity to it.

Yes, mothers, that’s official. And oddly enough, it’s exactly what every family doctor said to do 60 years ago when I was little. And it worked just fine. But then parents got more and more protective, and doctors and the pharmaceutical industry conditioned people to expect a cure for everything in a pill – and if there was no pill, the assumption was, there was no cure.

And common sense flew out the window.

Time for parents to take responsibility!

It’s time for parents to take responsibility for the well being of their children, rather than leaving it up to doctors, school lunch planners and other surrogates. If your kid has a peanut allergy, It’s largely your fault for not listening to your mother or grandmother and treating the child the way folks used to – by the ‘immunization’ method.

And it’s your fault that health care costs have risen dramatically because more and more children need treatment for moire and more allergies that could have been nipped in the bud when they were little.

And, as far as lifestyle and freedom of expression go, you’ve managed to vilify and even outlaw Peanuts and other potential allergens to the point that some school boards don’t even allow kids to bring their own lunch any more. Feeding every kid in every school is incredibly costly and requires a costly infrastructure which includes a lot of humans who need to be paid and given benefits and so on. Mandate that kids must eat the school lunch and must pay for it, and you add another layer of costly administration – accounting. We all pay for these programs! Even those people with no kids in school!

And by not taking the initiative and treating your kids for infantile allergies, you are depriving the kids of a lot of what life has to offer, now and in their futures. Also… You are denying the other, non-allergic kids the right to eat what they want and play the way they want to at school and in almost every other organized activity available to them today. That’s just not fair. It is, in fact, extremely selfish and disrespectful of others. Shame on  you!

Negligent parenting costs us all!

In short, negligent parents, you are costing everyone in society a lot of money that they can ill afford. And that money, if redirected, could be put to much better use solving the homeless problem and the drug epidemic and other real issues.

There. Now, go and take responsibility for yourselves and your kids. And earn yourself a little respect in the eyes of others, as well.

P.S.: Congratulate me! I only used the word ‘Millennials’ once in this post!

~ Maggie J.

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