Your Baby's Birth Month Might Determine Her Risk of Developing Allergies

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Some parents think it's fun to try for a New Year's baby -- you know, a little bundle born at the stroke of midnight. Others prefer the idea of a spring baby, when you can enjoy walks with the stroller without coats and hats being necessary (except for fashion purposes, of course). But what if you knew your child could face a range of different conditions depending on the month he or she is born?

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While it sounds crazy, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Southampton reveals that babies born in the fall have an elevated risk of eczema when compared with those born in the spring.

Babies who arrive in autumn and winter have higher instances of developing asthma. As if that weren't enough, researchers believe that the season in which a baby is born can influence other areas, including height and lifespan.

While scientists knew a bit about this previously, this new research indicates that epigenetic marks are attached onto DNA and can actually influence gene expression for years -- possibly generations -- to come.

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Though researchers aren't suggesting couples plan pregnancies around these curious findings, John Holloway, professor of allergy and respiratory genetics, explains:

These are really interesting results. We know that season of birth has an effect on people throughout their lives.

So, if you thought you could rule out your child's suffering from asthma or eczema, would you plan your conception around it? It seems like something plenty of moms would consider -- especially if they've had experience with an older child who suffers with one of those conditions.

Imagine if scientists are onto something, and certain illnesses could be avoided simply by timing births to avoid them? But wouldn't it be strange, let's say, to send your child off to preschool to discover that all of his classmates were born in the same month? Imagine a birthday every day of the week and then none for the next three seasons.

Researchers agree more study is necessary, but for now, it's definitely interesting to ponder!

 

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