second babies

Posted on: Tue, 11/13/2007 - 11:47am
Helensmom's picture
Joined: 09/08/2007 - 09:00

I know this sounds terrible, but does anyone not want to have another baby because the first has PA?
I know there is a lot more to think about with deciding to have #2, (like time, money,) but has the Pa issue ever been a reason for anyone?
I feel guilty, but it is something to consider, since a lot of you seem to have more than one kid and they all seem to have some sort of allergy.

Posted on: Tue, 11/13/2007 - 12:31pm
Marcela's picture
Joined: 11/09/2007 - 00:13

Well, I have two, but I did just think about this today when thinking of #3. We are on the fence as it is and my daughter's recent PA diagnosis made me think that this was a good reason not to have a third. But, I don't think that would be our only reason. So, no, I don't think a PA alone in a child would stop me from having another.

Posted on: Tue, 11/13/2007 - 9:29pm
BS312's picture
Joined: 09/05/2001 - 09:00

You might want to ask a genetic counsellor if you are concerned. I believe the risk of PA for a full sibling of a PA child is around 7%. This info was from one of the books about PA--possibly "The Peanut Allergy Answer Book".

Posted on: Tue, 11/13/2007 - 9:54pm
PAMomInPA's picture
Joined: 04/04/2006 - 09:00

I just found out I'm having a second child and it is something I worry about. Not PA really but my son also has slight milk and egg allergies that don't really impact our lives but I keep thinking what if the next one has these allergies more seriously or other more serious allergies.
On the other hand I have two nephews with allergies and each has a sibling who had no allergies (it's the older one in one family and the younger one in the other who have the allergies).
You are never guaranteed a perfect child and I can think of a very long list of things I would prefer FAs over.

Posted on: Tue, 11/13/2007 - 10:50pm
maphiemom's picture
Joined: 12/01/2005 - 09:00

My first child is allergic to any foods, her only allergy is topical to sunscreens with certain ingredients. My second child has peanut and penicillin, I would not give her up for anything , there are many reasons not to have a second child dozens of things can go wrong, giving a child a sibling was our reason to have a second child I have never regreted having her peanut allergy and all.
Not all children with peanut allergies have other food allergies, my child is just PA and we treat her as though she is TNA.

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