At the very least the study indicates that my son will be much more likely to have allergies and asthma and possibly other problems. When I stopped to think about it, all of my friends that are c-section moms have kids who have eczema, allergies and/or asthma. I am in a panic.
Are there any moms out there that have children from vaginal deliveries that have food allergies, eczema or asthma? I would love to know that c-section babies aren't the only ones. I would love for you to share your stories, experiences, advice, etc.
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All those kids were full term too. So while the vaginal bateria may be beneficial it doesn't guarantee that a child will not have these issues.
The c/s wasn't your fault (unless you planned it) don't beat yourself up over it, you did the best you could at the time. I understand that remorse, but your child is not damaged because of it and your bond can be just as strong as a vaginally birthed baby.
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My older DD was a vaginal birth and has no allergies or health issues that I can think of. Unless there is a diagnosis for CONSTANT TALKING. lol
My younger DD was an emergency c-section and she does have eczema (argh I always want to spell it with an x in there) but no other health issues.
My first son was a C-section, vaxed till age 18 months and has no allergies etc. My second son was a VBAC--super healthy pregnancy, completely unmedicated and full term, untraumatic vaginal birth, at home. No vaxes, and he has severe food allergies and mild eczema. So you never know. I assume you didn't choose a C section for your convenience, and there is nothing you can do about it now, as you can't go back and redo your birth.
My 3rd child has eczema.
My 4th child has eczema, cow's milk protein allergy, possible wheat/other grains allergies as well.
All my children were vaginal births. The only one (the 2nd) who doesn't seem to have any of this was my preemie, NICU baby. Go figure. I bet genetics has more to do with it than anything.
DH, DS, DSS and I were all vaginal deliveries. DS has and I had mild eczema. DH has asthma. DSS has both asthma and some food allergies, mostly outgrown at this point. Your son may or may not experience ecema, asthma or allergies, and I'm not inclined to think that c-section vs. vaginal birth is the deciding factor.
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DS#2 - c-section baby hasn't had any of those problems. He gets a runny nose every once in awhile but that's it.
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IOW... *just* delivering by c-section has only a small effect. *Just* family history has only a small effect (but bigger than c-section). The two together have a synergistic effect that dramatically increases the chances of allergy.
You can start your child on probiotics now (sprinkle the powder on your nipples before nursing) and possibly improve or mitigate things. By being aware of the issue and the possible factors involved, you're going to be in a much better position to help this NOT be a lifelong problem.
Believe me, I know how you feel. Between 11 doses of IV antibiotics during labor and a c-section delivery, it's totally NOT a surprise that my son is allergic to wheat, dairy, and canola (so far). But we do what we can, and when we know better, we do better!
Both my sister and I were vaginal; I have allergies, my sister has eczema. I'm older, she's younger.
I think it's a lot more genetic than just way of birth.
Maybe the risk is slightly higher with a c-section, but it's just a risk, it's not a sure-thing cause and effect relationship.
FWIW, my son, born UC after a complete UP, who has never in his 13 months seen the inside of a doctor's office or hospital, who was exclusively BF'd for 7 months and is still nursing very frequently now, who was born to a mom who herself is unvaxed, who lives in the healthiest environment I can provide (no toxic cleaning chemicals, no smoke, etc) still has a pretty bad case of eczema. I think in his case, its just genetic. I had it as a baby, and outgrew it as a young child. I am hoping he will, too.
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