Infant Colds Don’t Boost Asthma Risk


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Infant Colds Don’t Boost Asthma Risk

Babies whoِ catch a lot ofِ colds areِ not atِ anِ increased risk forِ asthma-associated wheezing laterِ inِ life, a newِ study fromِ the Netherlands suggests.
The study foundِ no link betweenِ the number ofِ viral infections a child hadِ asِ a baby andِ their risk ofِ wheezing atِ age 4.
Previously, researchers hadِ speculated thatِ viral infections inِ infancy put children atِ a higher risk forِ developing asthma later.

At age 4, 13 children (13.5 percent) had a wheezing illness.

Children withِ wheezing hadِ anِ average ofِ fourِ human rhinovirus infections (the causeِ of theِ common cold) inِ their firstِ year, compared withِ anِ average ofِ fiveِ among children withoutِ wheezing.
Kids withِ wheezing illness atِ age 4 wereِ moreِ likelyِ to haveِ experienced wheezing duringِ viral infections inِ infancy, butِ this link wasِ atِ least partly due toِ poor lung function asِ anِ infant, theِ researchers said.
Future research intoِ the relationship betweenِ rhinovirus andِ wheezing disorders shouldِ account forِ factors thatِ mightِ modify thisِ relationship, including neonatal lung function, van der Gugten said.

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