Asthma Risk Higher in Premature Babies
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Asthma Risk Higher in Premature Babies

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 4 Feb 2014 - 21:25

The WHO estimates around 15 million babies to be born premature every year. A new study suggests how the health risks associated with pre-term deliveries, particularly asthma are higher than speculated earlier.

The results from a new study, published in the journal,  PLOS Medicine, which researched about 1.5 million children around the world found how premature babies develop asthma due to their immature lungs. It is however yet to be found out how improved care for these pre-term babies could impact the long-term risk of developing asthma.

The study also found that while asthma affects around 8 percent of those kids born full-term, it affects around 14 percent of babies born premature. In fact, it was also observed that babies born before 37 weeks were at a 50 percent greater risk of developing asthma, and those born 2 months early were thrice as likely to develop asthma as compared to babies born full-term.


"By changing the way we monitor and treat children born pre-term, we hope to decrease the future risks of serious breathing problems, including asthma. Our findings should help find better ways to prevent and treat asthma and asthma-like symptoms in those born preterm," lead author of the study, Dr Jasper Been from the University of Edinburgh’s Center for Population and Health Sciences, explained.

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