Wednesday, August 04, 2004

But wait -- there's more!

My RSV theory is confirmed in that article I just linked to. Look:

A major branch of the study has shown that children with a small difference in their lungs caused by something before or just after birth makes them more susceptible to asthma.
Dr. Martinez has found that children that develop respiratory infections such as bronchialitis and pneumonia at a very young age or before birth started life with lungs that were different, and they are predisposed to develop asthma.

He said that if mothers smoke or the child is born prematurely, they are at a greater risk of developing these infections. Preventing these infections early in life is easier than trying to erase the asthma.

So it WAS the RSV, most likely. In most other kids, it would have just presented as a cold. But for some reason, although he wasn't born prematurely, Bryn was susceptible to bronchial ailments. (He'd had a mishandled bronchiolitis just after his first birthday.)

Right. More research to be done, Mama.

1 comment:

Odessa said...

Iwonder if it is anything or if it is in the genes. My oldest son has never had a breathing problem and I smoked more with him and more around him (yes stupid I know) but I just had twins and I didn't hardly smoke with them and I do not smoke around them and take great precautions so they are not exposed to smoke and they both have bronchialitis. My husband also had that to a nonsmoking mother and was sick until he was three. His sister never had any problems. So I wonder if it is genentic or environmental, but is is terrifying. I am having trouble finding any info on this problem on the net and the doctors tell me its not asthma, so what is it and how long are they going to be sick for?