A link between breast feeding and a lower incidence in asthma in young children has discovered by University of Sunderland academic.
Dr Mohammad Shamssain and his research team recently completed a two phase study into the prevalence and severity of asthma in children in the North-East.
Their research focussed specifically on the positive benefits of breast feeding in the prevention of asthma, and also the effect of obesity on the prevalence of asthma among young children.
Dr Shamssain and his team analysed 7,000 school children in the region aged 6-15 years.
The team discovered that children who had been breast fed for six months or more had a significantly reduced risk of asthma – particularly among young boys.
Dr Shamssain says: “Breastfed children showed lower prevalence rates of asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema, and the effect of breast feeding was more evident in boys than girls.
Asthma and wheeze were resolved significantly earlier in breastfed children than those who were not breastfed.”
The University of Sunderland team discovered that breast feeding lowers the incidence of allergic disorders, and that children breast fed from 4-9 months had a significantly lower risk of asthma. Those breast fed up to 7-9 months had lower instances of persistence wheezing and coughing.
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