Burden of Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections in Children

Toivonen, L. et al. (2016) Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal35(12) pp. e362–e369

 

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Background: The burden of recurrent respiratory infections is unclear. We identified young children with recurrent respiratory infections in order to characterize the clinical manifestations, risk factors and short-term consequences.

Conclusions: Children with recurrent respiratory infections frequently use health care services and antibiotics, undergo surgical procedures and are at risk for asthma in early life. Having older siblings increases the risk of recurrent infections.

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