Dec 2, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study found that babies born by
Caesarean section were more likely to develop asthma than those who were
study released in the medical journal, Thorax, babies born by c-section were 80
percent more likely to develop asthma.
finding was based on data from nearly 3,000 children whose respiratory health
was monitored for the first year of life.
By the time the children were one year old, 12 percent or 362 children
had been diagnosed with asthma.
Roduit of Kinderspital Zurich Medical Institution and colleagues found that
children -about 9 percent - who were born by c-section were 80 percent more
likely to develop asthma than those who were born vaginally.
researchers explained that one reason for the increased risk is probably because
babies born by C-section are not exposed to their mother's bacteria in the
vagina, which would otherwise help prime the immune system.
previous study released in July by Norwegian researchers showed babies born by
c-section increased asthma risk moderately, but other studies failed to see any
difference between the natural birth and c-section on children's health
including asthma, Reuters reported.
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