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Peanut allergies and family history of anaphylactic allergies

My son has an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts. He was diagnosed before he was 2 when he touched a peanut butter sandwich. He is almost 10 years old now. I am wondering if my children have a higher rate of developing anaphylaxis because I have a family history of anaphylaxis. When I was 20 (in 1994) I developed an anaphylactic allergy to latex and in the last 3 years have developed idiopathic anaphylaxis. My mother and sister and severe ( but not anaphylactic ) allergy to egg. My grandmother developed a variety of anaphylactic food allergies at 60. I have 3 aunts and 1 uncle with celiac disease. We also have many cousins and aunts with a variety of anaphylactic food allergies. All of these people are on the maternal side. Do my children have a higher risk of developing anaphylactic allergies? Is it carried by the women usually? And lastly is there anything I can do to decrease their chances of developing anaphylaxis?

By PeanutAllergy.com on Thu, 02-19-15, 01:47

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There are several factors that may contribute to the development of anaphylactic allergies. Although family history may be a factor, there are different perspectives to consider.

Many doctors and allergists have suggested that parents with a family history of peanut allergy should delay introducing peanut products to their children. You can learn what other factors are responsible for the rise in allergies here.

A study found that certain hormones in women can worsen allergic reactions. You can read more about that research here.

A study conducted by the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute found a link between peanut ingestion in pregnant mothers and peanut allergy in children. You can read about the results and other mothers’ experiences here.

Furthermore, it is highly recommended that you discuss your child’s needs with a pediatrician if food allergies run in your family. Find out what the greatest predictor of peanut allergy is here.

We have a huge community here at PeanutAllergy.com! Check out a previous discussion between our members about food allergy and family history here.

We asked our Facebook community to share their thoughts and here’s what they had to say.

We hope you find this information useful. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our community with any other questions you may have. Take care!

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