Asthma Risks Much Higher in Sick, Wheezing Children Study Says

Asthma Risks Much Higher in Sick, Wheezing Children Study SaysThis past flu season has been especially hard on younger children, especially those that were not lucky enough to have received a flu shot. So when that flu or severe bronchitis hits, we’re all afraid of how severe it could become as the horror stories of prolonged hospital stays are something we hear about more often.

But there are even more risks we need to be aware of and one of those is an an increased risk of Asthma in those children that develop wheezing during their sickness. Find out more from Doctors in Pittsburgh who are seeing big problems in our young children…..

Wheezing While Sick Could Mean A Higher Risk Of Asthma In Kids

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Does your child wheeze when he’s sick? If so, he could have a higher risk of asthma.

“It makes sense that if someone has an inherited tendency to asthma, and also if they wheeze from infections, that both of those factors make them more likely to be an asthmatic,” says Dr. Ronald Landay of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Associates in Upper Saint Clair.

A Danish study in the “New England Journal of Medicine” looked at a group of 200 three-year-olds.

Ninty percent with a double combination of specific genes, and a history of wheezing with the common cold end up diagnosed with asthma by age six. With just one gene, the risk was 60 percent. With neither gene, the risk was 40 percent.

“It’s clear asthma has other genes involved,” says Dr. Landay.

In a different laboratory study, the common cold virus activates these genes in immune system cells.

“It would be nice to say we could have kids avoid getting colds, but in fact, the researchers found there was very little the parents could do to prevent that,” Dr. Landay continues.

While you can’t change your DNA, you can pay attention to symptoms.

If your preschooler wheezes, it could be a sign of asthma to come. And decreasing exposure to cigarette smoke and other irritants could help.

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