Table 1

Prevalence of respiratory symptoms and reported diagnoses of atopy in three studies in Aberdeen 1964-94. Figures are numbers (percentages) of children

196419891994
No of children studied251034034034
Parents were aware of diagnosis of:
Asthma (diagnosed by doctor)104 (4.1)347 (10.2)789 (19.6)
Eczema132 (5.3)409 (12.0)714 (17.7)
Hay fever81 (3.2)405 (11.9)511 (12.7)
Respiratory symptoms:
Attacks of shortness of breathness136 (5.4)341 (10.1)753 (18.7)
Wheeze in past 3 years261 (10.4)1025 (19.8)1025 (25.4)
Wheeze only with URTI167 (6.7)238 (7.0)(7.8)
Wheeze plus hay fever35 (1.4)177 (5.2)253 (6.3)
Wheeze plus eczema45 (1.8)160 (4.7)298 (7.4)
  • URTI=Upper respiratory tract infection.