Did you know the number of children with asthma is on the rise? In fact, if a parent has asthma, their child’s chances of developing asthma are significantly increased. Similarly, reoccurring breathing problems are often a precursor to asthma.
The cause of the rise in asthma cases is still unclear. Researchers believe a contributing factor is the increased level of cleanliness in our environments. While most people consider a germ-free environment to be a good thing, research shows some bacteria are actually good for us, and allow us to develop healthy immune systems.
While exposure to good bacteria can improve immune-system function, there must still be a method to the exposure (having your kids roll around in piles of dirt may not be the best way to go).
University of Arizona doctors are researching a new method to help prevent or delay the development of asthma in children. The method uses a deactivated bacterial extract to stimulate the immune system to prevent respiratory infections. You can read more about it here: http://www.breatheeasyearly.info/about-the-orbex-study
The bacterial extract, called Broncho-Vaxom®, has been shown to be safe for children in Europe and across the world. Now, University of Arizona doctors has launched a clinical study to learn if this extract, in the form of a powdered supplement, can help prevent wheezing illnesses in infants and interrupt or prevent the development of asthma later in life.
The University of Arizona is looking for infants ages fives months to 16 months to participate in this clinical trial. Your child may be eligible if either parent or an older sibling has asthma.
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The University of Arizona Institutional Review Board has reviewed and approved this study.
Ann F. Snook-Moreau says
Who would have thought that a cleaner home is actually less safe? Thanks for this important info . . . I’ll pass it along to my friends with little ones.
Jessica Joachim says
I was always so worried about asthma in my kids. My sister in law has it and it is scary for sure!
Dee Jackson says
I never knew asthma was so big these days. I never really heard much about it past 2005
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says
I am so happy that there are so many asthma resources out there and that there is so much research being done in order to find something that will help. Asthma isn’t a small thing and it’s important that people take it seriously.
Kristi Ann says
So sorry you are having to deal with this. Glad there are so many resources for you out there though and that you are sharing for others.
KRYSTLE COOK says
My cousin has asthma. It is much better now that she’s an adult. Although she does things she shouldn’t like smoke.
Asthma is very common nowadays its good to prevent it..
Kaitlyn Nicole says
Asthma is huge these days but also so widely over-diagnosed! In many of my students, similar to myself when I was young and was thought to have asthma, their breathing insecurities should be attributed to many other things: health, mental health, lack of exercise. Good read!
Lynnette Joselly says
My boyfriend has asthma and it’s the reason they moved to South Florida, it wasn’t a good condition to have in really cold weather.
Asthma is one of those things that has always worried me in little ones. This is some really great insight!