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Antiobiotics in Pregnant Women Lead to Allergies / Asthma in Children

Monday, 17 November 2008 18:50
A study of British children suggests that women who have an infection or take antibiotics during pregnancy are more likely to have a child with an allergy-related condition such as asthma, hay fever or eczema. Researchers at the University of Nottingham evaluated the medical records of nearly 25,000 British children and their mothers. The study found that children exposed to antibiotics in the womb had a higher risk of developing asthma, hay fever and eczema than did children whose mothers did not take the medication during pregnancy. Because a person's immune system develops while he or she is still in the womb, some experts speculate that factors that modify microbial exposure at this time may have a long-term effect on the risk of developing allergic disease.

The importance of prenatal exposures on the development of allergic disease: a birth cohort study using the West Midlands General Practice Database   Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2002 (Sep 15);   166 (6):   827-832