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My baby is a winter baby and I was worried she'd catch all kinds of things—a cold, the flu. She was just fine, but the news isn't so good for autumn babies. A new study found that babies born in fall have a 30 percent higher risk of developing asthma.


The study was done by Dr. Tina Hartert, director of the center for Asthma Research at Vanderbilt University. She and her team studied 95,000 infants and found that all the babies in the study were at increased risk of asthma if they had bronchiolitis (a lung infection caused by RSV), but that babies born in fall had an even higher risk. "What we were able to show was the timing of birth and the risk of developing asthma moves in time almost to the day with the peak of these viral infections each winter," she said.

Hartert said the next step is to prove that preventing such infections could keep infants from developing asthma. "That is where we are now. We need to prove that preventing this infection prevents this lifelong chronic disease," she said

Did you have an autumn baby who has asthma? Would this study make you time having your next baby in a season other than autumn?