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pippy32
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   Posted 10/26/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
Does anyone know if there to are any for this disease? Im 20 weeks pregnant and i'm wondering if there's anything i should keep my baby away from? Thankyou x
27 years old, diagnosed 1998
mercaptopurine, prednisolone, azathiaprine, actonol
currently on pentasa, calcium and folic acid


Keeper
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   Posted 10/26/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you mean things in the environment that can cause Crohn's in your baby, or triggers that might result in you having a flare? I don't know of any such triggers that might affect the baby directly. As far as yourself, the known triggers are: gut infection (either from gut bacteria or from food poisoning/Norwalk and so on); Stress (a major cause of Crohn's flares); NSAIDs (all brands of NSAIDs have a negative effect on your gut - even taken IV); alcohol. There also seems to be a diet component where certain foods or types of food will cause a flare. Since you have Crohn's, there is a chance that your child may be predisposed to get it also. You should watch for signs of sensitivity to gluten (usually indigestion initially). Your child may not have the disposing factors and may never get Crohn's, so let's hope that this is the case.

pippy32
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   Posted 10/27/2008 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply keepers. I mean things in the environment that could trigger off crohn's in my baby if s/he is genetically predisposed. I'll definately be keeping a close eye out for any signs of the disease so we can get treatment asap but is there anything we should avoid completely? I know i was over prescibed antibiotics was i was a child.
27 years old, diagnosed 1998
mercaptopurine, prednisolone, azathiaprine, actonol
currently on pentasa, calcium and folic acid


cdinhyd
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   Posted 10/27/2008 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   
May be true in my case...from wikipedia:

"..Asian people migrate to urban-industrial societies of the West, they become as susceptible to the disease as the population of their host countries.."
Male India 45 years Diagnosed CD in 1990 Fistula surgery 1988
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pb4
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   Posted 10/27/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
According to my journals from the CCFC, smoking (including second-hand smoke) is one known environmental trigger for crohn's specifically.

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Keeper
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   Posted 10/27/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Antibiotics are not reported to cause Crohn's, but it is suspicious. I assume that for people who are prone to Crohn's, the reduction of gut bacteria that reduce inflammation due to antibiotic use could have an influence. I imagine that this is not enough to start Crohn's by itself, but given the common occurrence of other Crohn's triggers, it could be an aggravating factor. Probiotics and yogurt can help to avoid the problems from antibiotics.

pippy32
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   Posted 10/27/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou all. I think doctors have moved away from prescribing so many antibiotics, smoking is now banned in public in the uk and i'll stock up on natural yoghurt when it's time for weaning! 

27 years old, diagnosed 1998
mercaptopurine, prednisolone, azathiaprine, actonol
currently on pentasa, calcium and folic acid


pb4
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   Posted 10/27/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
The sooner you get on a good probiotic the better, yogurt is good but not near as affective as a good probiotic supplement.

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pippy32
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   Posted 10/27/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Im going to start taking a probiotic after ive had the baby but dont want the baby to have any until s/he's older. There's so many on the market, how do you know what to look for? Im in the uk.
27 years old, diagnosed 1998
mercaptopurine, prednisolone, azathiaprine, actonol
currently on pentasa, calcium and folic acid


Keeper
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   Posted 10/27/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Bacteria are widely distributed and commonly colonize infant's guts upon birth (except for C-sections in which case it takes a bit longer and the bacteria species can be different). Lactobacillus reuteri is found in most mammals' guts and is the most prevalent Lactobacillus species in the gut. It is available from Nature's Way and probably others. For more detail about it see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_reuteri
It is the best at reducing gut inflammation and has several other virtues, so it would be a good one to try. Ask your doctor about taking it before the baby comes. I don't see any problem, but it is up to you and your doctor.
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