Pediatric Allergist in Atlanta, Conyers, and Lawrenceville, GA
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Environmental exposures have long been thought to play a key role in the development of asthma in children. A recent study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology looked particularly at risks factors for asthma in inner city children and found surprising results. The study found that maternal smoking as well as maternal stress and depression were stronger risk factors for a child developing asthma than allergens such as cat dander, cockroach, and mouse allergen.
The study collected dust samples in the home and measured levels of cotinine, a biomarker for tobacco smoke, and followed children from birth through early childhood. The study found that exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy and early childhood were associated with a higher risk of asthma. Maternal stress and depression in the first three years of the child’s life also increased the risk of developing asthma at seven years old. On the other hand, exposure to cat, cockroach, and mouse allergen in the first few months of life were actually associated with a lower risk of wheezing at age 3.
This study suggests that interventions to improve maternal smoking cessation and provide support for inner-city mothers to reduce stress and depression may help prevent asthma.
Find a pediatric allergist near you to help not only treat but help prevent asthma.