Remember that rhyme that begins with "Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace..."?
Apparently, children born in the months just before winter are 30% more likely to suffer with asthma than children born at other times.
Researchers at the Center for Asthma Research at Vanderbilt University found that babies born in autumn face more typical winter viruses like RSV (which most children get) and these viruses leave them more vulnerable to asthma.
So one way to help prevent asthma is to prevent viruses like RSV in babies.
Children born in the northern hemisphere (the United States and Europe are entirely in the northern hemisphere) are more likely to develop asthma and it is now thought that parents of babies born both in the northern hemisphere and in the autumn months should monitor for signs of asthma, particularly if they succumb to typical infant viruses that are common at that time of year.
For more information about asthma, visit the American Lung Association here:
Do you (or someone you know) suffer from asthma? Were you born in the autumn? How does this condition affect your life?
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This is interesting, though I'm not sure it holds true for my family.
I was born in January, my sister in March, my brother in November. Both of them have asthma, though my sister's is practically nonexistent. My brother's has always been a bit more serious.
And of my seven nieces and nephews on our side, they were born in March, April, April, September, November, November, December and December, and only the September one has asthma. (He is, however, my brother's son, so there may be a genetic component there).
I wonder why fall would make more asthma babies than winter? I was born in a snowstorm too!! In fact, my mom credits my father's driving in a blizzard as what sent her into labor with me, LOL.November 25, 2008 - 10:02am
This is a TEST CommentNovember 24, 2008 - 12:38am
I often wonder if things like this are true. Great post.
There is a woman that I work with that is not bothered by the winter months or the cold weather. She says she thinks it is because she was born in a winter storm. Now, on the other hand, I was born in a rain storm and you won't catch me outside playing in the rain.
I do believe that it depends on where you live though. Pollen, dusts, etc are more prevalent in some areas than others. Which reminds me, I think I am allergic to snow.November 22, 2008 - 2:35pm