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Study says breastfeeding can reduce the risk of asthma attacks in children

Asthma Attacks

Asthma Attacks

Recent reports have revealed that a healthy breastfeeding during the days of infancy is highly efficient in reducing the risk of asthma attacks by half.

An independent study in the recent days has found out that children who suffered from the chronic lung disease and were naturally less fed were more likely to get affected by the common breathing problem symptoms like breathlessness, coughing, wheezing. Medical practitioners say that these symptoms worsen; it gives rise to asthma attacks. It often leads to the child’s difficulty in speaking and eating and sometimes even breathing.

While studying the case, 960 children between the ages of four and 12 who were already under regular medication for asthma. During that study, a questionnaire was prepared to find out the link between breastfeeding and breathing problems. The results have apparently revealed that people living with asthma who had been breastfeeding at least 45 per cent were less likely to suffer from such attacks.

After conducting this test, researchers have apparently informed that breastfeeding plays an extraordinary role in building the immune system of a child. It plays a vital role in creating a positive impact on individual’s overall immune system. They have also informed that changes in the activity and the composition of the gut microbe in the early life of a child creates a significant impact in shaping the immune system of a child and these changes are directly linked to an impact that might affect the asthmatic condition of the child in the later life.

The lead author of the study Dr. Anke Maitland-van der Zee has recently reported that it “is still unclear whether there is a causal relationship between breastfeeding and asthma exacerbations.” The researchers are still waiting for some substantial evidence and conducting further research to reveal the underlying mechanisms of the probable link between breastfeeding and asthma exacerbations. They have also informed that further research is expected to confirm and clarify the relation between the two and can further use it for developing further preventive measures against severe asthmatic symptoms.



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