Do You Think Your Child Would Be PA if They Had a Different Other Parent?

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 1:50am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Well, people will open this one up just to see what the heck the title meant [img][/img]

Do you think your child would have been PA if you had had your child with a different partner (i.e., different Father or Mother)?
Essentially, do you think that you're the parent that is responsible, in whatever way it may be, for your child's PA?

For me, I think my child would have been PA regardless. Jesse's Dad only developed environmental allergies later in life (35+).
He never had asthma (he does and always had had bronchitis). He does not seem to be the one out of the two of us that would be the *carrier* (if you will).

I have had environmental allergies all of my life and have been treated for them since I was young. I had asthma when I was a toddler and outgrew it. I also have sensitive skin and yet I have never had ezcema.

I'd say that Jesse's PA comes from me. I think I may have had even more of a chance of a PA child with a different partner, especially one who was more like me allergy wise.

Just wondering (questions are just rolling around in my brain to-day [img][/img] )

Best wishes! [img][/img]


Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 2:05am
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Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

I without a doubt feel my dh's environmental allergies contributed greatly to us having a child with food allergies, especially peanuts.
Wierd, but I remember when they we just being introduced to solids our doctor telling us to hold off giving them nuts, shellfish, until they were 3 or 4 because of my dh's ea's.
Also, I think people with ea's are more likely to develop a food allergy later on in life. Happened to my BIL and dh best friend both to shellfish, and I just starting to see my own dh start being sensitive to msg's and such.
Very interesting stuff.

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 2:12am
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Joined: 02/12/2003 - 09:00

No, I think mine would have the allergy even if he had a different parent. There are no allergies on my husbands side not even seasonal. On the other hand I have bad seasonal allergies since I was a baby my mom has a anaphalactic reaction to penacillin (spelling?) and various bee allergies, the peanut allergy still came as a shock I expected a bee or penecilin.

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 2:15am
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Anonymous (not verified)

mattchrismom, I was totally shocked too when I found out Jesse was PA. I would have expected the environmental allergies and I would have expected the asthma. There are no food allergies in either family that I know of. On the other hand, I also didn't know what smack is posting, at that time, that if you have environmental allergies you have a greater chance of having a food allergic child. So, when I say that "DH and I shouldn't have been allowed to procreate", I really should say just me, except, as joeybeth points out, they get some pretty darned good other stuff from my genes, not all negative. [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 3:05am
Batman's picture
Joined: 08/11/2000 - 09:00

Actually, I blame myself - I ate peanut butter and peanuts all the way through my pregnancy and while I was breastfeeding. I had no idea about peanut allergies and that I was supposed to be careful... I just hope when my son grows up and really understands he doesn't hate me.

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 3:07am
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Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

Tough call. DH has a sister with some environmental allergies and her son has EA and asthma. My mom developed some EA and anaphylaxis to yellowjackets after our DS was diagnosed with PA????

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 4:38am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

All other things considered equal, yes. I don't think that parents are to blame at all.

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 6:10am
mae's picture
Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

I've wondered about this...
DH has a niece and nephew who are both PA (asthma, too). We used to joke about DS's allergy coming from his side.
But, on my side of the family- there are environmental allergies and asthma - my 2 nieces, and a cousin of mine found out recently that her daughter is PA (has asthma, too).
Looks like there is a lot going on on both sides!
But to answer your question, Cindy, I think DS would still be PA. Just a gut feeling - and after living with this allergy for most of his life - I can't imagine him without it!

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 12:02pm
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Joined: 10/01/2001 - 09:00

This is a tough one for me, because I don't have any allergies, but my Dh and his family have environmental allergies galore. So, that would point to Dh, BUT, he has two kids from a previous marriage who have no food allergies, but lots of environmental allergies, AND their mother is the allergy queen of the universe (no food allergies, though)!! So, it would have made more sense if one of my Dh's kids with his first wife turned out PA, but somehow OUR son ended up with it, even though he only has one parent with any allergies. Weird!

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 2:00pm
Donna's picture
Joined: 01/31/1999 - 09:00

Remember being pregnant and crying because the laundry didn't come out right or you burnt your toast? I started learning much about allergies when I was pregnant and in the grip of fatigue and hormones. I remember calling a friend in tears saying, "I shouldn't be pregnant . . . I've got bad genes!" I can laugh about it now.
My dh has two other children with another, and they have no allergies but inherited other health problems. I think any kid of mine would have a good chance of having some sort of allergic/immune disorder.

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2003 - 11:29pm
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

For sure I blame myself. I ate PB every single day of my pregnancy with DS. DD too but she did not become allergic. DH and I both contributed to the kids environmental allergies but I blame myself for DS PA.
That is not a fun road to travel.


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