We have a 19 month old DD who has suffered a lot with Eczema,allergies and asthma like attacks since she was about 4 months old. Although this have dramatically improved since she turned 12 months, I wondered if our next DC on the way is likely to suffer too with the same problems? Has anyone with 2+ children had th same issues with both?
I have 3 DCs, all of them are prone to skin reactions though to varying degrees. Though I think me having a strong family history of eczema and allergies has a lot to do with my DCs all having it to some extent. DD1 had it the worst - since she was 3 weeks old, she'd had the worst outbreaks of eczema ever. Its been under control since she was about 7-ish, she's now nearly 9... but there are still some patches which flare up every summer (seems to be the hot weather that triggers this)... DD2 - less so, hers only really started about 2 years after stopping bf-ing - I think bf-ing really helps the kids avoid eczema in my case - but still, once she gets a flare up she needs something stronger than just a hydrocortisone to get it to settle down - Eumovate worked well for her flare ups so far. DS has it too, and it only started after he stopped bf-ing... but its not too bad. We are careful now and only using products which are skin-friendly to them. We've learnt a lot on managing eczema after DD1's experiences...
I think statistically 1st borns are more likely to have allergies than subsequent children - here. That is a recent study but I seem to remember that theory from when DS1 was born 10 yrs ago. It doesn't look like it makes a huge difference and genetics and environment obviously have a role too. 2nd borns are more likely to get infections although this seems to be obvious given that the elder child will bring home illnesses and infect the younger child.
Niecie, that's an interesting statistic. Come to think of it, I'm the first-born in my family and I have it the worst. And my first-born too has the most allergies compared to the others... so yes perhaps there's some truth in that.
Thankyou. Only DH had some allergies/hayfever/eczema when he was young but I don't think it was bad like our DD. I didn't suffer from any of these things. I think I have learnt alot too from DD's experiences but found that the GP's were reluctant to do anything much about them(kept giving us aqueus cream!) so we ended up in hospital with her at 4 months covered with infected eczema,being sick and breathing issues. We were then referred to a dermotologist,paediatrician and dietician who helped us enormously and put her on prescription milk and steroid creams. Just don't want to end up with the same thing happening to our next one and the GP not taking any notice. We still have problems now with DD every now and again have to rush her into A and E but have finally been given an inhalor which helps. Every now and again she has a nasty allergic reaction though which seems to come out of nowhere which can be pretty frightening.
the thing is nomad, even if you do get it again, it makes such a difference that you have gained the knowledge you have done with dd1. You look at it with such different eyes the second time round and I found doctors took me a lot more seriously with the 2nd one (knowing full well I'd been through it once before).
I know that probably doesn't sound very reassuring . Fingers crossed it's not the case.