A few possible explanations: If babies aren't exposed early enough to certain foods, their immune systems will treat them as foreign substances and attack them, resulting in an allergy, and as westernized countries have become more hygienic, children don't have the same exposure to germs, which affects the development of the immune system.

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New Report on Children’s Food Allergies
New recommendations about when to introduce highly allergenic foods suggest parents shouldn’t delay, a change from past advice

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