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Day Care May Up Problems in Lung Disease Patients

Odds of morbidities higher in chronic lung disease of prematurity patients who attend day care

MONDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Children with chronic lung disease of prematurity (CLDP) may be at increased risk for morbidities of that condition if they attend day care, according to research published online Sept. 27 in Pediatrics.

Sharon A. McGrath-Morrow, M.D., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues surveyed 111 parents of infants and children with CLDP between January 2008 and October 2009 to determine what role day care attendance had in increasing respiratory morbidity and symptoms in this pediatric population.

The researchers found that day care attendance was significantly associated with higher odds of emergency department visits (odds ratio [OR], 3.74), antibiotic (OR, 2.40) and systemic corticosteroid use (OR, 2.22), and number of days with troubled breathing (OR, 2.72). There was an increased odds ratio for hospitalization but it did not reach statistical significance.

"We found that day care attendance is associated with increased respiratory morbidities in young children with CLDP. Physicians should consider screening for and educating caregivers about the risks of day care attendance by young children with CLDP," the authors write.

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