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February 24, 2005

Cesarean delivery is associated with an increased risk of childhood asthma hospitalization in premature infants

Topics: Medicine

Cesarean delivery is associated with an increased risk of childhood asthma hospitalization in premature infants, but not in full-term infants, according to a report published in this month's Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

Cesarean delivery alters the bacterial colonization of the gut, which normally occurs shortly after birth and may have a protective effect against the predisposition to asthma and allergies. Some investigators suggest that modification of the bacterial colonization by cesarean delivery may hinder the infant's tolerance to allergenic substances and increases the risk of asthma, in agreement with the hygiene hypothesis.

Posted by Hyscience at February 24, 2005 8:46 PM



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