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C-sections Tied to Higher Asthma Risk for Babies

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Babies born via Caesarean section are more likely to develop asthma than children who were delivered naturally according to Swiss researchers. The findings are based on nearly 3,000 children whose respiratory health was monitored until age eight. By that time about 12 percent of the children were diagnosed with asthma.

The findings, published in the medical journal Thorax, underscore the potential risks of elective C-sections.

“In this situation the mother should be informed of the risk of asthma for her child, especially when the parents have a history of allergy or asthma,” said Caroline Roduit of Kinderspital Zurich Medical Institution.

Babies born via C-section are not exposed to their mother’s bacteria when they pass through the birth canal, something that helps prime the immune system and could explain the increased risk, researchers said.

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