|Babies born by caesarean section are more prone to developing childhood asthma, according to new research.
The Dutch study of almost 3,000 children found that birth by caesarean was linked with an 80 per cent higher risk of developing the respiratory disease asthma by age eight compared with a natural birth.
Children whose parents had allergies were even more likely to develop asthma, according to the study published in Thorax.
The research has been used as fresh evidence to dissuade mothers from giving birth by caesarean section unless necessary.
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