NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Can Parents 'get' Allergies from their Kids?
One of my children is allergic to tree pollen and has been since she was very young. I was never allergic to tree pollen before. But now I find myself having allergy symptoms the same time she gets them. Is this all in my head, like when fathers get fake labor pains? Or could I really develop the same allergies my child has, even tho I never had it before? I only had one very specific allergy all my life which was rarely a problem, but now I find myself sneezing and sniffing right along with my allergic child.
It is not unusual for a parent to develop respiratory allergy after a child does. It may even involve the same allergen(s) because environment exposures for both are similar.
I Leonard Bernstein, MD
Clinical Professor Emeritus
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati