Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Risk of cow milk allergy increased after c-section

A new study published this month in Allergy shows that children born via c-section have twice the risk of developing an allergy or intolerance to cow's milk than children born vaginally.
The thinking is that compared to infants born normally, children delivered by c-section are exposed less to maternal bacteria and their digestive tracts are consequently not colonized in the normal way. Their immune system in turn overreacts to allergenic substances.
The study also shows that children born via c-section were less likely to become tolerant to cow's milk after having been previously diagnosed with an intolerance (i.e. they were not as likely to overcome their allergy with time).

Link: Risk of cow milk allergy Increased after c-section


Jenn said...

Ohhh, interesting! We had/have so many problems with milk allergy/intolerance with our 14 month old - and he was born vaginally! Heaven help us if we ever need a c-section!

PS I may steal this tidbit for my blog. ;)

Mommies Esq1 said...

Wow. I had a c-section and dd had tremendous milk intolerance. I actually stopped consuming anything with milk in it--I read labels very carefully for at least one year.