Startling Study Reveals Connection Between C-Section Deliveries and Food Allergies In Children
The thought of delivering a baby is a dream for every woman aspiring to be a mother. But besides that beautiful moment when one actually becomes one, the journey of pregnancy itself can be fraught with risks, tension and stress. This is why at the time of delivery; it is every mother’s right to choose whether she wants a natural delivery or a c-section. The decision may not always be an easy one given the many rumors and myths that people pass around regarding caesarian deliveries. However, there are many cases when doctors choose according to the circumstances. Now a new study has associated the risk of childhood allergies with caesarian deliveries.
1When does one need a c-section?
While a woman may opt for a c-section if she wants to avoid a painful childbirth, there are many other factors that may require her to do so. A breech or a wrong position may require a c-section. If doctors feel that the health of the mother or baby is at risk, a c-section is performed to save the life of a baby. Moreover, uterine ruptures and placenta problems all warrant a c-section. Today- c-section deliveries are becoming more common where 1 in 3 babies in the US alone are born by c-section.
2Studies find an association between allergies and C-section
One of the latest studies published in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology showed an interesting association with the risk of childhood allergies among babies delivered by c-section. It showed babies born through the procedure acquired a higher risk of contracting food allergies later on in childhood in comparison to babies who were born naturally.
3What the study found
The study involved more than a million babies born between 2001 and 2012 in Sweden. They were categorized into natural births and C-section which was further divided into elective caesarian and emergency caesarian such as preterm. The categorization was done in relation to food allergies in childhood. This is what the doctors found.
4Babies at risk of developing food allergies
In a span of 13 years, almost 2.5% of children amounting to 26, 732, were diagnosed with varying food allergies. The risk was found to be higher among those born through c-section with elective c-sections at a higher risk of 18%. Those who had an emergency c-section was at a 21% risk of contracting food allergies. Premature babies born through c section had a 21% decreased risk of developing food allergies.
5The study revealed more data
That wasn’t all that the study uncovered. They also found that those mothers who suffered from asthma or pulmonary disease while being pregnant invited the risk of delivering babies who carried a possibility of developing food allergies later in life.
According to the researchers “This positive association strengthens the theory that exposure to vaginal microflora might reduce the risk of offspring atopic manifestation.”