I do think there are more allergic kids, but I also think the reaction to allergies is become more of a fail safe
As I’ve said, I’ve had periods in my life where I’ve been allergic to something, then it goes away. I had HUGE hives all over. I even was tested at Mayo in Rochester and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
No one ever found out what I was allergic to. But in six months it’d go away.
The thing is, now if you get a little rash after eating, say peanut butter, you’re told to avoid it all together.
I had huge hive, it would cause my eyes to blacken, my lips would swell and today I’d be diagnosed with anaphylaxis, but I never had one bit of trouble breathing. I I would deal with it.
But I also think we’re more urbanized which exposes kids to more and parents don’t let their kids play and get dirty as much as they did. An actually allergy is an immune system reaction. It’s a reaction to something that shouldn’t be
For instance, you can’t be allergic to peanut butter the first time you eat it. You would have to eat it and have your body’s immune system mistake it for something else. Then your immune system would build a response to it, so the SECOND time you eat peanut butter, your immune system attacks it.
So I do think more kids are allergic, but allergies also have a huge proportion. You can be allergic to something, and just get a slight rash or whatever, that you can cope with. Every allergic reaction is not a life threatening ER type of thing.
But because of fear of lawsuits etc, doctors and such have made it into this.
This isn’t to say it doesn’t exist, but as most things in life, it’s undoubtedly a combination of a lot of things.