Day Care and Asthma
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sending your infant to day care may lessen the chances of your child developing asthma. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study by English researchers that looked at day care attendance and its effect on asthma symptoms in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Infants and toddlers who attend day care are less likely than other children to develop asthma symptoms by age 5, according to a study by English researchers.

That conclusion adds support to the idea that early exposure to infections and germs helps protect against allergies and asthma.

Asthma is now the most common chronic disorder in childhood, affecting an estimated 6.2 million children in the United States, according to the American Lung Association.

Researchers examined the impact of day care attendance and other environmental exposures on asthma symptoms in more than 900 children followed from birth though age 5.

Children in the study who entered day care between the ages of 6 and 12 months were found to have a 75 percent reduction in the risk of wheezing, which is considered an early symptom of asthma.

Those who began day care after their first birthday were found to have a 35 percent reduction in risk, compared with children who did not attend day care at all.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.