Mary - posted on 06/22/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
I was wondering if anyone has had a baby after having a child with food allergies and eczema. My almost 5 yr old (who is my youngest) is allergic to milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, and maybe oats & tomato plus some enviormentals. He has atopic eczema (which was absolutely horrible as an infant & toddler) and asthma. He's on several medications daily plus prn. He's been hospitalized several times due to the conditions. Every decision we make is based on Isaiah. Most parents are like that, but for us its life or death. Did I also mention that he's the sweetest, funniest lil' boy who can light up a room in a second?
My worry is that any consecutive child my husband and I conceive will also have these medical conditions and suffer the way Isaiah has. Now, our oldest (and 1st) son doesn't have these problems. He has some slight contact eczema (basically dry skin thats never been a problem, ever) and a slight tomato allergy when he was an infant/toddler that he grew out of. He does have some terrible seasonal allergies (as does my husband) that cause frequent nose bleeds (more like gushings), itchy eyes and such during late spring "peak" allergy season. But absolutely nothing like what the youngest goes through. has.
So has anyone had a child after their food allergy/eczema child was born. Did the same medical conditions occur? Were they worse or better (we're afraid it might get worse w/ each child). We love both of our children dearly and have never regretted either one of them. We're just curious to this. I've tried to find info online but only found a promising study about mothers avoiding the child's food allergies during the third trimester and through the 1st 18mths of the child's life (or when the mother stops breastfeeding and then just the baby avoids the allergens until 18mths). Of the children born to the mothers who followed the doctors advice, only 33% developed food allergies compared to 55% of the mothers who didn't follow the advice.
Any thoughts or personal expierences?