Babies Born via C-Section Could Be More Likely to Develop Asthma

inhalerExperts have been concerned over the rise in C-sections for some time now, and according to the results of a new study, there might be one more reason to worry: Apparently babies born via Cesearean section could be more likely to develop asthma.

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Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the findings are the result of data collected on over 320,000 babies in Scotland from 1993 to 2007. Researchers followed up on the health of these firstborn children up until 2015, when it was found that even at the age of 5, C-section babies were at a higher risk of asthma requiring use of an inhaler and/or hospitalization. 

Yikes! Except, maybe not so much. Because while this sounds really scary, when you take a hard look at the numbers it's clear the "increased risk" is a very slight one: 37 per 1,000 children born via C-section develop asthma, while 34 per 1,000 children born vaginally end up with the condition. Plus, the researchers themselves admit that the study is "observational," meaning there's no proof asthma is a direct result of C-sections. 

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In more (slightly) comforting news, the study found that there is no increased risk of obesity in kids at the age of 5 who were born via C-section (contrary to the results of previous studies). So hey, at least that's good! And basically proof that studies like this one, while important, are definitely not a reason for any mom to panic. Because chances are in a year or two, another study will come out completely contradicting the first, or at least updating the old info with some new and unforeseen statistical twist. 

Of course the best advice for any woman to follow is going to come straight from her doctor. So stay informed and ask questions about the potential dangers of a C-section, but remember that the procedure saves lives, too!

 

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