B3674 - Childcare attendance and age of introductions on respiratory infections allergy and asthma - 15/12/2020

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Principal applicant name: 
Rachel Foong | Telethon Kids Institute (Australia)
Professor Graham Hall, Associate Professor Rae-Chi Huang
Title of project: 
Childcare attendance and age of introductions on respiratory infections, allergy and asthma
Proposal summary: 

Studies examining the effects of attendance at childcare on the development of asthma are conflicting. There are studies that report a protective effect, no effect and an increased risk of respiratory symptoms and allergic disease. Risks associated with asthma are however influenced by age of childcare attendance and family history of asthma. Children attending childcare also have more frequent infections than those who stay at home, and infections are a known risk factor for asthma. This study aims to investigate if attendance at childcare is associated with increased risk of allergies and asthma, and if the age of introduction and respiratory infections play a role.

Impact of research: 
In the Lifecycle consortium, we will be available to better determine the effects of early childcare attendance on respiratory outcomes in Europe, the UK and Australia with more certainty given the large sample size.
Date proposal received: 
Thursday, 10 December, 2020
Date proposal approved: 
Tuesday, 15 December, 2020
Physiology, Allergy, Infection, Respiratory - asthma, Statistical methods, Childhood - childcare, childhood adversity