Prevention of asthma
Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
Clinical & Experimental Allergy
Volume 11, Issue 6, pages 549–553, November 1981
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KAUFMAN, H. S. and FRICK, O. L. (1981), Prevention of asthma. Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 11: 549–553. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2222.1981.tb02173.x
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
- (Received 15 February 1980; revision received 10 March 1981; accepted for publication 10 March 1981)
Infants born of allergic mothers but normal fathers, who had eczema and who were fed cows' milk, had a significantly greater incidence of asthma (P < 0.001) than infants with a similar history but who were breast-fed. An analysis of all breast-fed infants in the study showed that they were less likely to develop asthma than those who were bottle-fed (P < 0.06).
There was a lower incidence of allergy in infants born of families with allergic mothers and normal fathers, than in families in which both parents were allergic (P < 0.02).
In skin tests of both breast or bottle-fed babies, the two most common allergens eliciting reactions were egg and cat dander.