COPD Connected To Childhood Asthma

COPD is a severe adult disease, often tied to smoking. But two latest studies have shown its connection with childhood risk factors including asthma.

COPD affects more than 11 million Americans and it’s one of the top killers in the United States. New study says three-quarters of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases have their origins in poor lung function pathways beginning in childhood. While smoking remains the biggest risk factor for COPD, the study demonstrates that childhood illnesses (such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis, eczema) and exposures to parental smoking are also linked to the disease.

The early life factors include allergic diseases, lung infections, parental asthma and maternal smoking.

The study found that later COPD risk could be minimised if immunisation was encouraged, if mothers did not smoke and if their children did not smoke when they got older.

There’re ways that parents can do to prevent later COPD for your children, including:

  • control asthma
  • treat bronchitis and lung infection
  • parents quit smoking
  • avoid secondhand smoke
  • find a way to keep them away from smoking when they get older



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