Pregnancy and Infant Growth: Asthma ConnectionA quickly growing baby is a good thing, right? Well, growth that exceeds the norm, could set the child up for asthma.
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Asthma seems to be a growing problem and the reasons can be varied. I've heard everything from increased air pollution to the diet of the mother during pregnancy. This article explains more about the theory that excellerated grow early in infancy may set a a child up for a higher risk of asthma.
From the article:
The study of 5,125 children by the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam suggested no connection with earlier impaired growth in the womb.
Asthma UK said parents should keep following official baby-feeding advice.
The origins of asthma are still not fully understood, although many researchers believe there is some connection with the way the foetus develops and grows through pregnancy.
The study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine compared pregnancy and baby records measuring foetal and postnatal weight gain.
The babies were then followed up at yearly intervals and their parents questioned about breathing symptoms, as the presence of these can be a reasonable indicator of whether or not a child will go on to develop full blown asthma.
They found that, compared with babies whose growth followed the normal pattern in the months after birth, babies who gained weight rapidly were 44% more likely to suffer wheezing, 22% more likely to have shortness of breath and 30% more likely to have persistent phlegm.