allergies/asthma/eczema worse with every child?

Posted on: Sat, 03/13/2004 - 2:36pm
pjama0502's picture
Joined: 08/04/2003 - 09:00

I recently read a post in which someone wrote that their physician stated that with every child the allergies/asthma/eczema get worse.

Is this true in your case?

Just curious


Posted on: Sat, 03/13/2004 - 10:28pm
attlun's picture
Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

My ds does not have asthma and only has/had mild excema along his allergies.
My dd does not have asthma, has excema on her face for 2 months now, and is getting worse. Her doc just switched to soy milk from dairy last week due to digestive issues, so maybe the excema will clear up, she has had it since she started drinking cow's milk. She has not been tested for any allergies.
I too am curious to see what others have to say. I hope my babe on the way is allergy free!
Trevor age 2 -PA
Harmony age 1 -KNA
It's a BOY!!! due June 24, 2004

Posted on: Sun, 03/14/2004 - 2:47am
pjama0502's picture
Joined: 08/04/2003 - 09:00

Hi Tina,
Thanks for the response! I too have a little one on the way!
Congratulations on your pregnancy,

Posted on: Sun, 03/14/2004 - 4:21am
NCMom's picture
Joined: 04/30/2003 - 09:00

I hope it's not true. I have three boys - almost 6, almost 4 and 17 months.
My middle son is PA. He also has asthma and had eczema when exposed to milk products as a baby. The eczema has mostly gone away.
The baby also broke out whenever I had yogurt or ice cream and then nursed him. We went to soy formula when I stopped nursing at 9 months and then to soy milk. Each cold he has had involved coughing and wheezing which we treated with the nebulizer. The allergist has told me to treat him exactly like my middle son until we can determine later (around 4 or 5) if he is allergic. I go very slowly with new foods and am very aware now of all peanut and nut products and manufacturing processes. We're to treat him as if he is PA until we know he's not.
I sure hope he's not - not so much for me because I already know how to handle most of the issues but for him, so he doesn't have to spend his whole life trying to avoid exposure. We found out about my middle son's allergy when I was 5 months pregnant with my 3rd so I immediately stopped eating anything with peanut in it. Even while I was nursing. The allergist told me I could eat "may contains" items but I didn't.
Good luck. I'd be interested in hearing from other families with more than one child.

Posted on: Sun, 03/14/2004 - 5:32am
CVRTBB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2001 - 09:00

Son #1- Age 10- No allergies/asthma/eczema
Son #2- Age 8 _ Pa/TNA/Asthma/Eczema as a baby, went away once changed to Allimentum formula and has not reappeared. His eczema was very severe on his face, would be raw and bleeding.
Daughter #1- Age 7 - PA/TNA/currently almost outgrown asthma/eczema as a baby (very severe) and still has a spot or 3 occasionally.
Daughter #2- Age 6 next Saturday - No food allergies, Severe dust allergy- Just dx'd with asthma on Wednesday- No eczema.
I was told the same thing, that every child is worse than the one before by my son's allergist when I was pregnant with #4. Did not hold true in our case as #4 was MUCH milder than both 2&3 who were dx'd with asthma at 11 and 12 months old!

Posted on: Sun, 03/14/2004 - 6:44am
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

Not true with us. My oldest daughter is the one with PA, asthma, eczema. Our youngest shows no signs of anything. Same is true with me, actually. I'm the oldest, and have asthma and allergies (although no food allergies), and none of my siblings have any problems at all.

Posted on: Sun, 03/14/2004 - 10:30am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

I believe (if I understand this correctly) that would be contrary to what this study released in December states regarding allergies -
[i]Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Volume 14 Issue 6 Page 464 - December 2003
Birth order and sibship size as independent risk factors for asthma, allergy, and eczema
Roos M. D. Bernsen1, Johan C. de Jongste2 and Johannes C. van der Wouden1
This study was carried out to disentangle the independent relations of birth order and sibship size with the presence of asthma, allergy and eczema. In a retrospective study, 700 families in the Netherlands were selected with index children born in 1988-90. Data were extracted from reports of health examinations at the age of 6 years of these children and their siblings. Birth order, and not sibship size, appeared to be a strong risk factor for allergy (excluding eczema). [b]Children with higher birth order had a lower risk of allergy compared with first-borns[/b] (adjusted odds ratios: 0.43, 0.26 and 0.05 for second-, third- and fourth- or higher borns, respectively; p < 0.0001). Allergy including eczema also had a significant relation with birth order (p = 0.01). For asthma there appeared no clear relation with birth order. For asthma a non-significant relationship with sibship size (adjusted for birth order) was found (p = 0.06): first-born children in small sibships were more at risk than those in larger sibships. For allergy and eczema no such trend was observed. In conclusion, birth order is inversely related to the risk of allergy, independent of the size of the sibship.[/i]
My first born is highly food allergic, an asthmatic and has severe eczema. My youngest has only rarely gotten a few eczema patches.
[This message has been edited by Jana R (edited March 14, 2004).]

Posted on: Sun, 03/14/2004 - 1:46pm
new2PA's picture
Joined: 10/18/2003 - 09:00

interesting...I have 5 kids and the youngest is the only one that has food allergies or eczema. The oldest had wheezing episodes as an infant/toddler and the doctor clearly stated she had "asthmatic bronchitis" and was very quick to state "she doesnt have asthma right now. I'm not going to say she's going to have asthma, I'm just saying she has asthmatic bronchitis [i]today[/i]". That happened a few times and she outgrew it, as have the others who have had the same reactions when getting a cold.

Posted on: Sun, 03/14/2004 - 2:15pm
ajinnj's picture
Joined: 05/13/2003 - 09:00

I am the oldest of 3 children in my family. I have severe asthma, a history of multiple food allergies and environmental allergies. My middle sibling is very healthy with absolutely nothing wrong with her (well actually as a baby she had allergic gastroenteropothy but has outgrown it completely). My youngist sibling was anaphylactic to dairy and eggs but has outgrown both. Both siblings (ages 10 and 11) are now both extremely healthy.

Posted on: Mon, 03/15/2004 - 2:46am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

So whats the consensus -- There is no consensus?
DD#1 had (outgrown?) milk allergy - Was bottle fed (Enfamil)
DD#2 got hit with the allergy stick. (Was BF with no elimination)
DD#3 NKA, had reflux, on Alimentum.
I dont think theres any relevance to birth order. Ill look at that study again, though.

Posted on: Mon, 03/15/2004 - 12:36pm
Shaylynsmom's picture
Joined: 01/17/2004 - 09:00

In my case it holds true, the more children the worse the allergies/asthma/eczema.
DS#1 - allergic to dog,cat,sulfa drugs,enviro allergies
DS#2 - mildly allergic to dogs and cats,enviro allergies.
DD - eczema as infant/toddler and mild cases now, first wheezed at 12 months and diagnosed with asthma at 22 months, PA/TNA,Zithromax,Amoxicillin,peas, all legumes,cats and dogs.
Alicia, mom to:
Edward-20 years-EA,dog, cat,sulfa drugs
Cody-8 years- EA,dog,cat,mosquito
Shaylyn-4 years-PA/TNA,dog,cat,Amoxicillian,Zithromax,Asthma


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