Parental childhood respiratory illness and respiratory illness in their infants

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Parental histories of childhood respiratory trouble (CRT) were examined as risk factors for lower respiratory tract illnesses in healthy infants enrolled in the Children's Respiratory Study, Tucson, Arizona. A parental history of childhood respiratory trouble before age 16 was a risk factor for infantile lower respiratory tract illnesses (LRIs). Early age of onset of the parental CRT and those illnesses described as asthma or bronchiolitis showed the greatest risk: odds ratio = 2.8, P < 0.05. After controlling for known and suspected confounders, a parental history of CRT described as asthma or bronchiolitis with onset before age 3 was associated with wheezing LRls in their children, with an odds ratio of 2.6, P < 0.05. A parental history of CRT described as bronchitis/croup was associated with nonwheezing LRls in their children: odds ratio = 2.2, P < 0.05. These findings suggest a familial component to childhood respiratory trouble which may have a hereditary basis. Pediatr Pulmonol. 1993; 16:275–280. © 1993 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-280
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric pulmonology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Parental asthma
  • bronchiolitis
  • bronchitis
  • croup
  • non‐wheezing lower respiratory illness
  • wheezing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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