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Anti-asthma efforts inadequate for kids

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug 17, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A U.S. study has found many parents of kids with asthma take steps to try and prevent attacks, but these measures are sometimes unnecessary or worsen symptoms.

Researchers at the University of Michigan found half of the 1,788 asthma-proofing steps taken by parents were unlikely to be effective, while the other half were unproven, incapable of alleviating symptoms or even potential aggravators of the disease.

One-quarter of the parents of children with asthma reported that someone in the house smoked, but said they did not take any steps to address the issue.

Parents most often reported limiting their child's exposure to dust and animals by using filters, ventilation systems or vacuum cleaners, but some took unnecessary preventative measures.

Some parents reported buying a mattress cover for their child, but would not shut windows to keep pollen out of the house.

The researchers said heathcare providers need to educate parents more effectively on what triggers their child's asthma and tell them which preventative steps are most likely to work.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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