Asthma and children

Kids with pets may have lower asthma risk

Children who spend a lot of time around dogs or farm animals might be exposed to bacteria that are linked to a lower risk of asthma, according to allergy research.

Stress ups asthma risk in kids

Stress caused by events such as moving, changes in family relationships and death can raise a child's risks for asthma attacks four-fold, according to a study.

Diagnosing asthma in children

Diagnosing asthma in infants and toddlers can be difficult as many children wheeze and suffer recurrent colds, especially if exposed to colds and coughs at a crèche or day mother.

Children and asthma: the numbers

Roughly 80% of all childhood asthma occurs before the ages of five years. Diagnosing asthma in infants and toddlers can be difficult.

Increase in asthma among Africans

A higher degree of sensitisation to allergens among black Africans and an increased incidence of asthma among local teenagers is cause for concern, local researchers report.

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