Diet and Asthma

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Story Updated: Nov 13, 2012

Is there a link between when you introduce fish into your child's diet....and asthma? Does the amount of fish matter?

Both questions were part of a study that included more than 72-hundred Dutch children who were all around a year old at the start.

Nutritional data was tracked via questionnaires their parents filled out. Specific questions were asked about when a child was first introduced to fish...and how much fish was included in their diet.

Then between 36 and 48 months of age, parents and physicians reported on the level of wheezing and shortness of breath in each participant. While the study didn't find a specific quantity of fish was needed, it did find a window of opportunity that may provide a protective effect.

Introducing fish between six and 12 months was associated with less wheezing by the time the child made it to pre-school.

Conversely, if fish was not introduced by six months, there was an increased prevalence in asthma-like symptoms.

The full study was just published in the journal Pediatrics.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with information that can help keep your family healthy.

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