Common Colds During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Asthma

According to a recent study published in the February issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, women must be extra careful to stay “cold free” during their pregnancy. Researchers examined 513 pregnant women in Germany and their children. The women filled out questionnaires in increments until the children reached the age of five. By controlling variables such as the presence of pets in the house, results show that women who had a cold three or more times during pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child who develops asthma before the age of 5.

“Women that are pregnant may want to take extra precaution around those that are sniffling and sneezing this winter. According to a new study published today, the more common colds and viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the higher the risk her baby will have asthma.

The study, published in the February issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, found a mother’s infections and bacterial exposure during pregnancy affect the in utero environment, thus increasing a baby’s risk of developing allergy and asthma in childhood.

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What are parents worried about? Health Problems and Health Concerns for Children

An interesting report carried out in July 26th, 2012 by Jane M. Garbutt, et al, from Washington University School of Medicine surveyed parents in order to determine the most prominent parental concerns regarding children.

Parents were given 30 different items as health problems and rated them as “large, medium, small or no problem”. Results showed that allergies (69%), lack of exercise (68%), and asthma (65%) were the most significant concerns (rated large or medium).

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