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*First let me start this by saying that for everyone who is not a ‘dog’ person, you may not understand my concerns.
My husband and I are starting to discuss babies more and I have to admit I’m super worried all of a sudden. See we have a dog that is honestly like a first child. My mom, sister and 2 nephews all have dog allergies. Its so bad my mom can’t even come into our home for 30 minutes without having to take out her inhaler. I’ve been reading online that pet allergies in babies can be hereditary. I’m I terrified that if we have a child it might be allergic to our dog who I could never ever imagine getting rid of. She’s my first baby and I would do anything for that doggie.
Does anyone know the more about the chances of having this be an issue? My husband and me do not have allergy problems at all. Any insight or people having similar experiences would be appreciated.
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I have heard similar as well that children who are exposed earlier to pets are actually less likely to be allergic to them.
Of course there will always be anomalies. My husband grew up with dogs and cats from a very young age. But he is also extremely allergic to cats, every time we go to the ILs who have 2 cats he will have to take a Claritin before hand. They also vacuum like crazy before we come over. And sometimes he ends up using a inhaler that night. He has a slight allergy to dogs as well that only acts up sometimes but that does not prevent us from keeping our pup!
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@regberadaisy: I”ve actually heard it’s worse to vacuum right before someone with allergies comes over, because it stirs things up. My husband is allergic to cats, and I noticed when I stopped vacuuming right before he came over, his allergies were a lot better. Just thought I’d mention that.
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Does anyone know if there are any studies or percentages on the chances of a baby being born with allergies depending on the parents and grandparents allergies? I’ve seen the ones that say if you have them when a child is young they are less likely to develop them later in life.
@MrsConnick: This is good to know…maybe if I didn’t do this right before my mom comes she could visit a little longer 🙂
Post # 7
I don’t know a lot about this issue (though I’ll be reading the info in the links above!) but I share your concern! My dogs are part of our family and I can’t imagine what we’d do if we had a child that was allergic.
Post # 8
I’m not sure, but my husband’s family have allergies, but I breast fed both my kids and no allergies for them.
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@creativeplannertobee: I did read that breast feeding is something that could help. I know that my sister’s only did for about 3 weeks and her little boy has tons of allergies. Its good to know that maybe this is something that could at least help.
Post # 10
I inherited pet allergies from my dad. My mom and sister can be around animals all day long and be fine, but my dad and I both struggle. When I was little (under 5), we had TONS of animals – huskies, cats – both indoors and out – so for me, growing up with animals didn’t make me less allergic. If anything, I struggle more than my dad (who grew up without pets). I remember being sick a lot as a kid, but don’t know how much was allergy related, but it does seem like my allergies got worse as I got older. But my allergies are worse for cats than dogs.
My best solution as of late? An air purifier – even just a hepa 99% $100-ish one. I seriously wish I had learned about this a long time ago. I’m sure it doesn’t work for everyone, but it allows me to spend most of the day at my parents house (and stay overnight) without major symptoms (vs. needing to take drugs in the car on the way over). Anyway, I’d recommend getting an air purifier when you have a baby, just as a precaution, if you’re worried about it. But I think if you and hubby are both ok with your doggie, I’d guess the baby probably would be too 🙂
Post # 11
Both of my parents do not have allergies. My twin sister was diagnosed about 13 years ago. I was just diagnosed last summer.
I don’t know how genetic they are. My allergist told me that people just get them. They can be 1 year old or 99 years old. It all depends on the person
Post # 12
My neighbors just had to find a new home for their 7 year old cat because they just found out their 1 yr old son is allergic and their pediatrician told them that by being around the cat, he was more likely to develop asthma. Neither the couple, nor their five year old daughter is allergic. Just the 1 yr old boy. They were very sad to have to find a new home for the cat. I can’t imagine having to give up our dog, either! He’s like a child to me. 🙂
Post # 13
I have severe pet allergies now as an adult and asthma and I know that when the mother suffers from either or both the likelihood of the child getting it is much higher. I’ve never heard of extended family members having an effect on it but there may be a connection.
I grew up with cats and dogs in my house and used to sleep with my cat every night and never sneezed or had an attack once. However, once she died and I wasn’t exposed to cats, my allergies got incredibly bad. I had no idea I was allergic to cats until then, but we looked through old allergy tests and sure enough, cats were noted. My doctor said that sometimes people build up an immunity to a particular animal but not other ones, so hopefully your future children will be fine with the dog. Im allergic to my dog, but I couldn’t imagine ever giving her up!
Post # 14
Darling Husband actually had a severe dog and cat allergy when we met. I had a cat and a 140 pound Newfoundland dog, and low and behold, in the 6 years we have been together his reactions (even to allergy tests) have reduced significantly, to the point where they are now barely notable on allerg tests. The dog and cat both sleep in our bed, and though we keep up with vacuuming and washing sheets, we don’t have any special air filtration, and he does quite well, unless he is sick with a cold of whatnot.