Early exposure to dirt

Cockroaches, mice and cats spare asthma for life

Early Exposure

Early Exposure

Conventional wisdom suggests that exposure to dirt and allergens early in children’s lives helps protect them from asthma and allergies, but a new study shows its the first year specifically that helps lower the risk.

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The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, tracked urban-dwelling children at risk of allergies and asthma for the first few years of their lives. It monitored not only their sensitivity to allergens and breathing difficulty (wheezing), but the amount of the bacterial content of house dust collected over the first year of the child’s life.

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The study tested children for allergen sensitivity and wheezing at three years of age and found that exposure during the first year to cockroach, mouse, and cat allergens was associated with a lower likelihood for the child developing recurrent wheezing. In fact, among the children with no wheezing at all, exposure to those allergens during their first year was highest

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This is good news for busy moms and dads of newborns — take a break on the cleaning once in a while and your kids will probably be healthier for it.

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