When babies eat fish could be key in link to asthma: Study
Published on Nov 14, 2012 10:18 AM
(REUTERS) - Babies who first ate fish between the ages of six months and one year had a lower risk of developing asthma-like symptoms later on than babies who ate fish before six months or after their first birthdays, according to a Dutch study.
The results, based on more than 7,000 children in the Netherlands, support one theory that early exposure to certain fatty acids in fish protects against the development of asthma, said lead author Jessica Kiefte-de Jong, at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.
"Introduction of fish between 6 and 12 months but not fish consumption afterward is associated with a lower prevalence of wheezing," she and her colleagues wrote in Pediatrics.
"A window of exposure between the age of 6 and 12 months might exist in which fish might be associated with a reduced risk of asthma."
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