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C-section May Raise Kids’ Asthma Risk

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Children born via cesarean delivery are at increased risk for developing asthma, particularly if their parents have allergies according to a new study.

The report in the February 2009 issue of Thorax looked at data involving nearly 3-thousand children. C-section has been thought to be a risk factor for asthma, although the relationship is controversial said Dr. H.A. Smith from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, the Netherlands in the report.

Researchers assessed the association between c-section and asthma or allergies at 8 years of age. Over all, 12.4 percent of the children developed asthma at age 8, and of that number 8.5 percent had been delivered via c-section.

Investigators found that overall, children delivered by c-section were 79 percent more likely to develop asthma that children born vaginally. The group also said the association between c-section and asthma was even stronger for children born to one or two allergic parents than for children born to parents without allergies.

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