Journal article

High incidence of respiratory disease in Australian infants despite low rate of maternal cigarette smoking

Lawrence EK Gray, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Tiffany X Lin, Martin O'Hely, Fiona Collier, Sarath Ranganathan, Peter D Sly, Angela Pezic, Mimi LK Tang, David Burgner, Peter Vuillermin

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

AIM: The burden of wheezing illnesses in Australian infants has not been documented since the success of initiatives to reduce maternal cigarette smoking. We aimed to determine the incidence of wheeze and related health-care utilisation during the first year of life among a contemporary Australian birth cohort. METHODS: A birth cohort of 1074 infants was assembled between 2010 and 2013. Parents completed questionnaires periodically. Several non-exclusive infant respiratory disease phenotypes were defined, including any wheeze, wheeze with shortness of breath and recurrent wheeze. Skin prick testing was performed to determine atopic wheeze. Health-care utilisation for respiratory disease was ..

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