Possible Link Between Baby Swimming And Breathing Problems In Children

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Possible Link Between Baby Swimming And Breathing Problems In Children

Post by Admin on Thu May 01, 2008 7:15 pm

Possible Link Between Baby Swimming And Breathing Problems In Children





Children with mothers who have allergies or asthma have an increased
risk of wheezing in the chest if they take part in baby swimming before
6 months of age. This is shown in a new study using data from the
Norwegian Mother and Child Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of
Public Health (NIPH).








The results come from a study of 30 000 participants from MoBa.
Approximately 25 percent of these children took part in baby swimming
from 0-6 months of age.
Most children who take part in baby swimming show no increased
incidence of lower respiratory tract infections, ear inflammation
(otitis media) or tightness and wheezing in the chest. Between 6-18
months the incidence of lower respiratory tract infections and otitis
media were 13 percent and 30 percent respectively, whilst the
proportion of children who experienced tightness or wheezing in the
chest was 40 percent.
Among children of mothers with asthma and allergy, 44 percent of
those who did not go swimming had tightness or wheezing in the chest.
This was compared to the 47 percent of children who swam and
experienced tightness and wheezing who had mothers with asthma and
allergies.
- The difference is not large but it indicates a tendency to
respiratory problems, says Wenche Nystad, primary author and Department
Director at the NIPH’s Division of Epidemiology.
Earlier studies indicated that there can be a link between baby
swimming and airway infections in children. It has been suggested that
indoor environmental factors (airway irritants) such as volatile
chlorination products for indoor swimming pools can affect lung
epithelium and contribute to the development of respiratory illnesses
like asthma among children.
- The connection between respiratory problems and baby swimming was
suggested by a paediatrician who asked whether children with increased
risk of asthma, who took part in baby swimming, had a greater tendency
to develop respiratory diseases. Earlier studies indicated a connection
but the results were uncertain. Therefore we want to carry out a more
thorough study, says Nystad.
- If mother and baby are healthy, the study shows that there is no
increased risk of otitis media or respiratory problems with baby
swimming before six months of age.

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