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Children in daycare less likely to develop asthma
« on: September 09, 2008, 01:31:09 PM »
If parents want to protect their kids from developing asthma later in life they should consider enrolling them in daycare, particularly before age one, new research suggests.

A British study of more than 900 children found that kids enrolled in daycare were 35 per cent less likely to develop asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, by age 5.

Children who were put in daycare between the ages of six and 12 months had their risk of developing asthma reduced by 75 per cent.

The findings are published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

The researchers said their findings add weight to the theory that the spike in asthma and allergy rates among children in the developed world may be a result of decreasing exposure to infections and germs early in life.

The study suggests that exposing young children to the pathogens found in a daycare environment may boost their immune defenses against allergy and asthma, the authors, led by Dr. Nicolaos C. Nicolaou, said.


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