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Posted by: nadia | 2004/10/13

preventing asthma in unborn child when there is family history

if i have asthma as well as my father and my eldest son, how do i prevent my unborn child from developing asthma. i specifically want ot know what can be done whilst i am pregnant. i know that lifestyle changes can be made after the chld is born (remove risk factors such as pets, dustmites and smoking and pollution) but is there anything i can do before the baby is born

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Nadia, it has been postulated that maternal exposure to allergens like pets, dust, cigarette smoke, pollen, etc. can lead to an increased risk of asthma in the child that is about to b born. The “good” news is that you’re asthmatic and are probably already avoiding all those things.
As far as I know there is no safe drug you can take to lower the baby’s chances of developing asthma one day. Good luck.

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Posted by: Liesl | 2004/10/14

Hi Nadia
I am asthmatic and gave birth to a healthy son 21 months ago. It was one of the questions I asked the doc & gynie about, would my child inherit asthma. Both said that it will only be known when he is about 3/4 years old. What we have realized is that he is allergic to milk and when he gets a cold, his chest is very wheezy, but the doc says it is just a post-nasal drip. So far he seems fine. I am also interested to see what the cyberdoc take on this is. Good luck.

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