Broadcast: Thursday 06 April 2006 09:00 PM
How To Beat Your Kid's Asthma explores the challenges of controlling your child's asthma through preventative means.
How To Beat Your Kid's Asthma
The UK has the highest incidence of asthma and allergies in the world. Numbers have trebled in the last 20 years. Although asthma is better recognised today, diagnosis and management can be poor depending on where you live and the services available.
Allergies have been referred to as the 21st century epidemic. They account for 6% of all GP consultations, with a third of the population affected at some time in their lives.
Changes in our environment and lifestyle have been blamed:
- increased air pollutants
- overuse of antibiotics and other drugs
- reduced exposure to bacteria in infancy
- inadequate vegetables and fruit
- overexposure to domestic allergens.
Dr Scadding, who featured in the programme, took part in a live webchat after the show.
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