Mitch had his first appointment with his new allergist this morning and his allergist made a statement that intrigued me and I can't stop thinking about. He believes there is a connection between c-section births and food allergies, and the intravenous antibiotics you receive when having a c-section birth.
Mitch was a c-section birth, and since c-section births and food allergies are both on the rise, could there really be a connection?
C-Section Births and Food Allergies
I started thinking about the allergist's connection between c-section births and food allergies as I was driving home, and I suddenly found myself with more questions that I had answers.
Yes, Mitch was a c-section birth but so were my twins, and they don't have any food allergies. Neither of my c-sections was scheduled, both were emergency c-sections.
My twins were born 11 weeks premature because I measured full term and my body decided it was time. I dilated to 8 cm in a matter of minutes, and to prevent adding additional stress to our premature babies by trying a natural birth, we chose to do a c-section birth to protect our babies. Since everything happened so fast with this delivery, I can't remember if I was given antibiotics or not prior to delivering.
Mitch, on the other hand, was born via c-section after trying to deliver him for 10+ hours. I know I was on antibiotics with him because I had tested positive for Group B Strep, and receiving intravenous antibiotics is the cautionary step taken to help prevent mothers from passing Group B Strep to their newborns during a natural delivery. The only reason I could not naturally deliver Mitch was because he was a whopping 10 1/2 pound baby, and my body said no way.
What about children born via c-section who don't have food allergies?
I know many children who have been born via c-section and don't have any food allergies, and if it is common for the mother to receive intravenous antibiotics before surgery, why don't any of those children have food allergies? Is there another deciding factor as to why antibiotics would affect some children, but not others?
Food Allergies Developing Later in Life
But how does a c-section delivery with antibiotics contribute to children and adults who develop food allergies later in life? What makes the intolerance to a food lay dormant for so many years before a sudden reaction occurs?