Early-life pneumonia warning

The prospective study of US children found that, among the 646 with complete data, pneumonia during the first three years of life was linked to long-lasting respiratory impairment and morbidity, supporting the hypothesis of early-life origins of COPD.

“It’s an excellent study really,” said Associate Professor Bastian Seidel, Tasmanian GP and the RACGP’s representative on the National Asthma Council Australia.

“Because we know now that in kids under the age of three who do have pneumonia the effects will be carried through, not only until the teenage years but also until early adulthood.