Vaginal Birth and Breastfeeding Linked to Less Allergy
Vaginal delivery and breast-feeding diminish the incidence of allergy and asthma in children up to the age of 18 years, according to new research. Hill and his colleagues compared the records of 158,422 children to see how the method birth and feeding practice influenced the number of allergic conditions reported by each young person over a period of 18 years. Hill presented results from the study — which looked at atopic dermatitis, IgE-mediated food allergy, allergic rhinitis, and asthma — at American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston.
@digbijay The benefits of vaginal delivery were quite broad. The protective effect for those who would develop one condition and for those who would develop all four was reduced for this group. It's not very often that a family can decide how a child is delivered," he acknowledged. But this does tell us something about risk stratification. If a pediatrician has a child that was delivered by C section, they are at higher risk for allergic conditions.