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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Delaying a baby vaccination by two months could dramatically reduce the risk of child asthma, new research has found.

Delaying baby vaccine could cut asthma
Article in the Telegraph


"The diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTP) jab is given to babies by the age of two months.

Although the triple vaccination is commonplace, experts now believe that it might provoke an immune system response which predisposes the body to the lung condition.

However they now believe that delaying the jab by only two months could halve the likelihood of a child developing asthma by the age of seven.

Researchers at Manitoba Institute for Child Health and the University of Manitoba, in Canada, gave 11,531 children four doses of the combined DTP vaccine.

Of the 5,000 babies studied who had the jab at the scheduled age, 13.8 per cent developed asthma.

However only 5.9 per cent of babies who were four months or older at their first immunisation went on to develop the lung condition.

The second, third and fourth doses were given at four months, six months and 18 months.

The study also found a decreased likelihood of asthma if the other doses were delayed, but the strongest evidence was seen in relation to the delay of the first dose."

You can also reduce the risk of children developing asthma by providing them with meals low in salt/sodium.

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