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Childhood asthma: due to excessive hygiene and contamination?


It is not only due to air pollution that, year after year, cases of childhood asthma increase. Too much hygiene also harms babies, preventing the little one from having contact with antigens, preventing their immune system from being stimulated.

The doctor Marcel Ibero, president of the Spanish Society of Clinical Immunology and Pediatric Allergy (SEICAP) considers that 'one of the causes of this increase in asthmatic children may be due to excess hygiene'.

This statement may shock us, since it has always been recommended to us in the first months of the baby's life, the sterilization of bottles, nipples and pacifiers, but it turns out that this procedure could 'prevent the contact of the newborn and infant with antigens that stimulate their immune system 'and therefore increase the tendency of asthma in childhood.

Until now we knew that allergens reach us through the air we breathe: pollen, mites, mold, animal fur ... but Dr. Ibero also alerts us that atmospheric pollution by diesel particles increases the circulation of allergens in the air and this has repercussions in the increase of this respiratory affection.

Therefore, the decrease in the prevalence of asthma is due to reducing air pollution in cities, which is caused by industry and heavy traffic, and by long periods of drought, as the rain helps the pollution beret disappear which is usually placed on top of large cities.

In the Spanish Guide for Asthma Management you can find more information about asthma, from the child's first symptoms to a correct diagnosis and treatment.

According to Dr. Ibero, the treatment of each child will depend on the type of phenotype to which the child belongs: transient wheezing (asthma that remits between 4 and 6 years), non-atopic wheezing (asthma that remits between 9 and 11 years), and atopic wheezing, which are allergy sufferers that require specific antiallergic treatment in order not to end up suffering from adult asthma.

In addition to reducing the triggers as far as possible, the specialist explains the importance of identifying them and not over-treating (giving excessive treatment) to children who are going to heal on their own (transient or non-atopic wheezing) and of treating effectively to those who will not for the treatment to be effective. One more step towards asthma prevention is undoubtedly good news for children's health.

Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site

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