Antibiotics in pregnancy tied to asthma in children: study

Nov 20 2012, 13:29 IST
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SummaryChildren whose mothers took antibiotics while they were pregnant were slightly more likely than other children to develop asthma, according to a Danish study.

at the University of Alberta who also studies the antibiotics-asthma link but wasn't involved in the new study.

The results don't suggest that women should avoid antibiotics since some infections can be quite dangerous to a fetus, she said, adding that Bisgaard's study suggests that the development of asthma might start before birth, something researchers hadn't studied very closely.

We're beginning to appreciate that some of the origins of asthma and changes to the immune system, maybe they start earlier than right after birth, she added.

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