The growth of children in the first three years of their life affects the development of their lungs and the risk of asthma at 10 years of age, says a study.
According to recent studies, excessive weight gain in the first years of life can be associated with lower lung function and a higher risk of childhood asthma.
The new study, led by Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, showed that the infants with the highest weight gain velocity and body mass index had lower lung function at 10 years of age.
Specifically, these children had a lower function related to the smaller airways in relation to their total lung volume.
The study also found that "the later the children reached their peak body mass index, the better their lung function and, in the case of boys, the lower the risk of asthma", said lead author Maribel Casas, researcher at the varsity.