Mothers whose asthma is poorly controlled during pregnancy had children who were more likely to develop asthma at a young age, reports Physician’s Briefing.

Xiaoqin Liu, PhD, from Aarhus University in Denmark, and colleagues analyzed data from 7,188 children in Denmark who were born to mothers with active asthma during pregnancy.

The researchers found that those born to mothers who had mild controlled asthma were less likely to be diagnosed with asthma at an early age than those whose mothers had mild uncontrolled asthma, moderate-to-severe controlled asthma, or moderate-to-severe uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy.

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