Research Article

Outcome of respiratory illness occurring in the first year of life.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 293 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.293.6552.925 (Published 11 October 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;293:925
  1. C J Watkins,
  2. Y Sittampalam,
  3. J Bartholomew

    Abstract

    This paper describes the outcome of respiratory illness presented by a birth cohort of infants in the first year of life who were born to mothers in two inner London group general practices in terms of the ventilatory capacity measured at their fifth birthday. A history of two or more episodes of "lower" respiratory illness in the first year of life was associated with a significant reduction in peak expiratory flow when compared with those who had no such history. Boys had significantly higher peak flow rates than girls; those whose parents were in manual occupations had significantly lower peak flow rates than those whose parents were in non-manual occupations. There was a significant interaction between sex and social class.