Originally Posted by JaneS
Yes, that is my educated opinion.
But you'd have to live in a bubble for none of the other factors to be introduced. Literally. Having a pregnancy and a toddlerhood without encountering any of the big 8 would be a Herculean task, especially if you want to consider skin absorption (a factor for us). The genes can get turned on sometimes just by living this life.
After weeks of this I think I see where you are going with it, Jane.... you desperately want not to have another baby with an infancy like this one, riddled with eczema and allergy issues. (I HATE what happened to you guys in the hospital at his birth. That's awful.) There is not a doubt in my mind that your next child will be able to benefit from all that you have learned, and that whatever happens, his / her issues would be greatly reduced, not an amplification of what you have already experienced. I know from prior posts of yours that you think the susequent children get the short end of the stick as it were, but I don't think that has to be true.
My own children are actually good examples of how that can happen.... the first, I did everything right according to the medical community, but I still got a child allergic to 13 different foods, most of which caused serious reactions ranging from painful poop to anaphylaxis. After that experience, I wanted not to have an allergic child again.
Given G's issues we switched to whole foods (albeit gradually), became consistent with our supplements, bumped the nutrition, bumped the yogurts and things like that. Nicholas, I allowed to wean when he wanted to (after more than 2 years), and while he did have bad reactions to egg and corn(intro'd after a year), he has outgrown the issues he had with egg, corn and doesn't at all react to milk, to which he RAST tests positive. His eczema was almost wholly seasonal allergy related, and he hasn't had one patch since we left SC.
With number three, we've gone even further with the dietary train: always whole foods unless we're not at home, organic veggies, no hormones or abx in our milk and eggs, more yogurts than ever, etc etc etc. I'd never had a baby before this one who didn't have permanent red creases. Even now after 19 months, I catch myself caressing his ankles and elbows, feeling for the patches that need attention.
All three have the same parents. You can watch their similar genetic makeups in action by watching them grow and laugh; how similar they look and move. How their teeth come in, how they sleep. Yet with every child it's been better and better.