Sunday, December 14, 2008

Baby's birth and Asthma

From ABC: Could the month of your baby's birth influence his or her later risk for asthma? New research suggests that babies born in the fall might have greater chance for developing childhood asthma. Doctors speculate that young infants' exposure to winter viruses might be the reason for the increased risk.

Today, approximately 6 percent of children develop asthma - a rate that has doubled since the early 80s. Doctors say there are many reasons why one child develops asthma while another remains healthy, including genetic differences, body weight, and exposure to pollution.

But new findings suggest there may be another trigger - winter viruses. Researchers from Vanderbilt University studied more than 95,000 babies and found those born in the fall had a higher risk for childhood asthma. When they took a closer look, they discovered that the peak of winter virus activity was really to blame.

Babies born about 4 months before the winter peak had the highest risk of asthma, around 30% greater than babies born at other times. Researchers theorize that respiratory infections in young infants - who still have immature immune systems - may help trigger the asthma.

Parents should wash their hands frequently to help reduce the spread of viruses to babies and young children, and keep infants away from people who are actively sick.

Source: published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

My oldest child was born in the fall. He does not have asthma, but does have allergies. I think they're significant, but I have no idea if that's related to when he was born. Do your kids have asthma?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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Anonymous said...

My oldest grandson was born in the fall and has suffered from bad allergies. His allergies got so bad that they triggered asthma. He is on various medications for both the allergies and the asthma.

dayoub said...

Most likely asthma has multiple etiologies but if you review recent literature, some things tend to surface.

A link between Vit D deficiency and asthma has been reported, and has gotten alot of interest. For example, a study from Mass General last year found a strong inverse relationship between maternal Vitamin D intake and risk of childhood asthma.

In a distinctly different study, earlier this year researcher McDonald et al in Manitoba discovered this about DPT vaccination, usually given first at 2 months of age:

" Among 11, 531 children who received at least 4 doses of DPT, the risk of asthma was reduced to (1/2) in children whose first dose of DPT was delayed by more than 2 months. The likelihood of asthma in children with delays in all 3 doses was 0.39 (95% CI, 0.18-0.86)."

The impact of such findings cannot be understated. There are 12 deaths PER DAY in the USA from asthma complications. Eliminating 6 deaths per day (over 2,000 per year) by delaying vaccination will save more lives than all the childhood vaccines prevent per year. Simply stated, there may be more deaths from vaccine induced asthma than from prevention of vaccine preventable deaths!

So what does vaccines and vitamin D and fall births have in common?

Theory: Kids of Fall births will get there 2 month and 4 month DPT shots in the heart of winter when children's Vit D levels are lowest. DPT vaccines and other 2 month vaccines are loaded with aluminum adjuvants. Aluminum is known to impair Vit D function. The amount in 2 month shots kids get is on average 250 mcg/kg of body weight and according to several authors anything above 60 mcg/kg is toxic. So yes, a hugh amount. So the Fall births have double jeopardy....low seasonal Vit D and childhood vaccines which can drop Vit D further.

The AAP has recently increased its recommended Vit D supplement levels to 400 IU (2008) reversing a 2003 decision. Problem is, there is little evidence that 400 IU is of any value at raising serum Vit D. The MAJOR source of Vit D is SUN EXPOSURE, not diet. Sadly, the AAP promotes strict sun avoidance in the first 6 months of life and suncreeen thereafter, which can block 97% of the skins conversion of Vit D.

Bottom line:
Vit D especially in the winter, 1,000 IU of D3 daily for infants and 2,000 for toddlers and children

Sun exposure without block at least 15 min per day, using moderation and common sense, will give your kids free Vit D...just don't burn

Delay DTP vaccination and split up the vaccines to avoid these large aluminum doses

Prenatal vitamins do not have enough Vit D, moms should be getting at least 4,000-6,000 IU of D3 daily

d ayoub, md

curt linderman sr said...

As the father of a vaccine injured child I concur with dr. Ayoub. The study is legit and I have ;ooked into it. My wife and I have four children (three in the same elementary school). Normally by this time of year, we have had the flu and colds go thru the entire household, some with 2 - 3 incendences. Since listening to docs like Dr. Ayoub and Dr. Eisenstein (from Chicago Home First..a clinic that doesn't push vaccinations) , we have started the Vit D in our entire family. Four kids and mom and dad...and we've had one case of the sniffles with one child! It truly is the bomb and much easier than subjecting our children to the poisons that most docs push!

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