Asthma at home

Published: Saturday 31 March 2001

Keeping the houses cleaner could prevent about 40 per cent of asthmatic cases in children below the age of six. A recent study, conducted in the US, reports that factors like tobacco smoke, pets in the house and use of gas oven for heating accounts for 39.2 per cent of asthma cases in kids under six. One of the most significant, most common and most easily preventable risk factors is tobacco smoke in the home. Of the 8,257 children surveyed 4,814 children had not been exposed to smoke either in the womb or after they were born. Being exposed both before and after birth raised the risk of asthma by 70 per cent says a news report dated March 3, 2001 on

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