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What can make a child more likely to get asthma?

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Many things, including:

  • Allergies -- food or environmental
  • Family history of asthma or allergies
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Low birth weight
  • Obesity
  • Exposure to tobacco smoke before or after birth
  • Eczema
  • Being male
  • Being black
  • Being raised in a low-income environment

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)."

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

KidsHealth: "Asthma Basics."

HealthyChildren.org: "Diagnosing Asthma."

American Thoracic Society: "Pulmonary Function Testing in Children."

 

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)."

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

KidsHealth: "Asthma Basics."

HealthyChildren.org: "Diagnosing Asthma."

American Thoracic Society: "Pulmonary Function Testing in Children."

 

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

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