Food Allergies & C-Sections

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 4:06am
MomtoAsh's picture
Joined: 12/04/2006 - 09:00

This may seem like a strange topic, but I'm curious how many people here who have kids with serious food allergies also had their kids via c-section. My daughter is MA & PA and she was born by scheduled c-section because she was breech. I've read a couple of studies that show that kids born by c-section have a higher incidence of food allergies, including, specifically, milk & egg allergies. Drs. have speculated that this is because babies born by c-section aren't exposed to important bacteria in the birth canal that prepares their gut for eating certain foods.

Anyway, just curious whether anyone knows anything about this, or whether your allergic kid was born by c-section. I'm considering vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) for our next baby because I want to do everything I can to prevent our future children from having serious food allergies.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 4:09am
mcmom's picture
Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

I had both my kids by C section - the oldest is PA/TNA, the second is not. Neither is allergic to milk or eggs.
There was a thread asking this same question a while back, I'm not great at doing searches or I would re-raise it for you [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 4:13am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

My son is PA/TNA and sesame allergic (all severe) I delivered him vaginally and I did have epidural. I also took clomid to get pregnant. Sometimes I wonder if it is all the vaccinations. I do believe we need some of them, but not all, like the one for ear infections and chicken pox. They are good for the one thing they fight against but weaken the immunce system at the same time. But that is my belief, don't know for sure. My allergies started after I was overdosed on antibiotics. They kill all the good bacteria in your stomach also weakening the immune system.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 4:18am
Lindajo's picture
Joined: 10/14/2003 - 09:00

All 4 of my kids were C-sections (big babies, small Mom!) Only my youngest DD is PA. The others have no known allergies except my oldest who is allergic to amoxicillin.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 5:28am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Both my kids were born vaginally. I don't think that their birth experiences contributed to their food allergies. At least in our case, I think it was just genetic.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 6:12am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

My eldest (non-PA) was a C/S.
My younger (PA, TNA, Sesame and Chick Pea) was VBAC.
I don't think the route out made any difference; I think it was just the genetic hand he was dealt. With all the allergies in our families, the odds were against him.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 6:19am
TwokidsNJ's picture
Joined: 05/28/2005 - 09:00

One of each here:
1st DS: vaginally - TN/PN/shellfish/Mustard allergies (severe)
2nd DS: C-section -TN/PN/shellfish/sesame/mustard allergies (severe)
I personally think it is all the immunizations changing the immune systems in some kids. We did not have so many immunizations at such a young age when we were babies; hence the dramatic increase in allergies. This fits in with the "hygiene theory" IMO, but no one is blaming the vaccinations because people are afraid to (after the vaccination/autism debate). But I believe it will be looked into, proven, and accepted at some point, probably when our kids are adults.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 7:19am
melissiabeth's picture
Joined: 05/24/2006 - 09:00

I've read the same studies about not being exposed to healthy bacteria - My daughter was born via C-section. I also would like to have a VBAC if I have another child (I never dilated past a 6 after 29 hours of labor in the hospital) but the hospital my midwife delivers at won't do VBACs and either do a lot of other hospitals in my area.
I think that family history as well as the c-section and my feeding my daughter soy formula contributed to her testing allergic to peanuts.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 8:16am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My first three were vaginal, the fourth a C-section. Ryan was not a C-section. My youngest was and he doesn't have any food allergies. Ryan's my third and is the only one of 4 that has a food allergy.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 8:31am
MomtoAsh's picture
Joined: 12/04/2006 - 09:00

The immunization theory is interesting, but I don't think it applies to my daughter -- she seems to have had allergic tendencies from the moment she was born. She started having eczema in the hospital and was also allergic to the baby wipes we tried to use when we changed her diapers as a newborn (she grew out of that within a few months). I have thought that it was possibly a combination of bad genetics & the c-section, as I know that many people who have c-sections don't have PA/MA kids.

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 8:42am
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

My PA/TNA dd was born via c-section. My other two have not been formally tested yet (they have had cap-rast testing which was negative but then the allergist said it could be a false negative since they had never been exposed). My other two were both VBACs.


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