A friend of mine had a baby with cow's milk allergy, and the specialist told her that the allergies tend to get progressively worse with each child a mother has. I can't find any literature to back that up, so now I'm looking for opinions and experience.
My first child didn't cry every, but she projectile vomited all the time until I switcher her to soy formula (from bm - I thought it was my milk that she was allergic to :( ). Then she just spit up a ton, but wasn't crabby and didn't have any respiratory / eczema / GI issues other than that.
Second child was horrible. He screamed day and night, had eczema all over his face, diarrhea, stuffy nose/cough all the time, slept for no more than 30 minutes at a time.... I was about to lose it when I finally figured it out on my own (doc said some babies are just like that! GRRRR!!!!). Then he was a completely different baby. But I eventually figured out that soy made him grumpy and he also screamed if I ate eggs. So I did the elimination diet for the first year, til he outgrew it.
Third child projectile vomited when she was only a couple days old after I drank a glass of milk. I knew right away what I needed to do, so she never had to go through what ds did. She's always been a very crabby child though, so I'm guessing that I've missed some of her other allergens. Eggs and peanuts are also a no-no with her.
Now I'm terrified that this fourth baby will be even worse!! I sooo hope that doc was wrong!
What is everyone's experience with siblings and allergies?