Weight and lung health in children

Peso y salud pulmonar en niños
According to a study carried out in Spain, the weight of the first years of a child’s life could affect lung health during childhood.
The study, published in the European Respiratory Journal , has analyzed data from more than 1,200 children, based on muscle mass index data from birth to four years of age.

Study results show that children with significant weight gain between birth and four years showed high lung function at seven years. However, with greater limitation to expel air from the lungs.

In the opposite case, children with low birth weight and low growth weight up to four years had lower lung function at seven years.

According to the main author of the study, Gabriela P. Peralta, the study has some limitations because it has not evaluated the complete trajectory of the child and has only compared the weights in two different phases. Based on the results, the team intends to conduct new research to better understand this gap.

Peso y salud pulmonar en niños

Meanwhile, with these previous results, the authors of the study defend the importance of public health strategies that can take care of lung function from a first approach in childhood.

FUNIBER promotes the Master’s Degree in Maternal-Child Nutrition, a program for professionals who wish to train and specialize in the most relevant aspects related to maternal health and the first years of life.

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