Friday, 22 January 2010 11:57
A study from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, Holland, has found that children who were born with a cesarean section are 79 percent more likely to have asthma. The study examined almost 3,000 8-year-olds and determined that a C-section birth is a major indicator for asthma. For health professionals, this has become a strong case for limiting C-section use, as the last few days of development, as well as the birthing process itself, are both critical to the proper development of the lungs and immune system. Future scientific investigation will need to determine whether the increase in childhood asthma is linked to increase C-section use.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #24.
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