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Letters: Peanut allergies not from bad parenting

Feeding infants peanuts could reduce the chances of

Feeding infants peanuts could reduce the chances of developing a peanut allergy, a new study found. Credit: iStock

I didn't shelter my child, wrap him in Bubble Wrap or chase him with antibacterial soap. He plays in the dirt, swims in the ocean and jumps out of trees.

He's a normal 7-year-old boy who was born with a severe nut allergy -- a life-threatening allergy that I'm sure I didn't give him ["The larger meaning of peanut allergies," Opinion, Feb. 25]!

I'm sure that columnist Lane Filler hasn't had to live with anything like this. So let's not minimize the severity of anaphylaxis by encouraging parents to feed their infant something that might kill them. Yes, I said kill.

What about the 10 percent of infants who had a severe allergy and who were thankfully excluded from this pathetic study? Let's talk about them! Did their parents hug them too tightly? Perhaps they purchased the safest car seat? Oh no, I bet it's the video monitor over the crib that earned them the label of "hypercautious" and "hyperventilating."

Regardless of how this allergy came about, it's real. Please educate yourself, and keep your nuts to yourself and away from my child.

Megan Koutsis, Merrick

I'm 10 years old, and I have a sister with severe allergies, including one to peanuts. I think it's fantastic that there are ways to prevent some kids from having allergies. But you shouldn't blame parents -- like mine -- for their kids having food allergies. They are doing the right thing and trying really hard.

My mom and dad are not making my sister "allergic to real life." As a matter of fact, it's helping allergic children prepare for real life to avoid eating the wrong thing and having a reaction.

The allergy study you mentioned might help kids who will be the right age to try acclimating to nuts under medical supervision, like one of my other sisters. But don't blame the parents.

Elaine Kelly, Lynbrook