Childhood asthma and the effects of smoking on its development


There is a new mathematical model that currently allows us to predict the effects that smoking will have on children who suffer from asthma. This is, without a doubt, important news for the medical community and parents alike, insofar as it enables us to assess to what extent the quality of our children’s respiratory function is guaranteed.

The study, carried out by professionals from Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute and the University of Barcelona, was published in the prestigious Journal of Statistics in Medical Research.

The research conducted in these two centres has made it possible to estimate the possible risk of asthma in children through the analysis of different risk factors, as well as data from other studies that link asthma, the most common chronic disease among children, to certain environmental factors.

The relevance of this research lies in the fact that, despite asthma being one of the most studied childhood diseases, the medical community has not had statistical simulations that enabled an accurate forecast of the possible evolution of this pathology in childhood patients in Europe until now.

According to the findings of the study, the incidence of childhood asthma among the population has stabilised. This is also the case with adult smoking, currently standing at 22% of the total population.

What factors intervene in the development of asthma?

There are many factors that may be involved in the appearance of asthma, such as environmental as well as dietary factors and genetic aspects. In any case, there is no doubt that smoking in adults poses a threat to the health of children since it is one of the triggers of asthma.

As far as the prenatal stage is concerned, breathing problems were detected in children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy but who gave up smoking right aftergiving birth. This clearly indicates that smoking has a negative effect on children.

Statistics as a medical instrument

We at Best Doctors positively value the potential that statistical models have to provide information to the medical community and institutions when planning health policies and developing action plans for the future.

In view of the above data, such planning should certainly include a greater degree of protection for children. Health and quality of life during childhood is a commitment in which we should all take part.

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