Feather bedding no help for asthmatic children
Asthmatic children do not gain any benefit from using a feather pillow and doona rather than synthetic bedding, an Australian trialhas found.
While observational studies have suggested lower rates of wheeze in children who use feather bedding, this was not borne out in a one year intervention carried out in NSW and the ACT.
The prospective study in almost 200 children who were sensitive to house dust mite found no difference in respiratory symptoms between those who were assigned to use a duck feather pillow and quilt and those who used synthetic bedding. However, sleeping position seemed to be a factor in the effect of bedding, as children who slept in the supine position appeared to gain some protection against wheeze by using feather bedding, according to the study published in the Archives of Childhood Diseases (online 30 March).
Study author Professor Nick Glasgow from the ANU Medical School says feather bedding was presumed to be better than synthetic bedding in asthmatic children because it harbours lower levels of Der p1 dust mite levels.
The authors say their trial showed that bedding alone was not a significant factor in child wheeze, and that other variables such as sleeping position should be further investigated.
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