Does a C-section Increase Baby’s Risk of Asthma?
Many moms-to-be hope to avoid c-section because of the risks involved with the procedure, but don’t really think their childbirth method will affect baby’s long-term health. Scientists have been theorizing that babies born via c-section may have an increased risk of developing asthma, so researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health decided to test it out. They did a study of data on more than 37,000 babies, tracking the way they were delivered (vaginal or c-section) and whether or not they developed lower respiratory infections, wheezing or asthma by age three.
They did find that the babies born by c-section had a slightly increased chance of having asthma (but not wheezing or lower respiratory infections). But the findings are still preliminary, so the researchers don’t know if the c-sections actually cause the asthma. It could be because c-section babies have an increased chance of developing serious respiratory problems during their first weeks of life, or because c-section birth could mean they’re exposed to altered bacteria in the intestine, which could put them at risk. One researcher said in a press release that it could also be that babies with underlying health problems are more likely to be delivered by c-section and those health problems are actually what leaves them more vulnerable to asthma. They're calling for more studies on the subject.
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