Mode of delivery and risk of developing allergic disease

Tricia M. McKeever, Sarah A. Lewis, Chris Smith, Richard Hubbard

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The aim of this study was to quantify the relationship between mode of delivery and subsequent incidence of allergic disease. The analysis is based on data derived from a birth cohort of 24,690 children who contributed data to the West Midlands General Practice Research Database. We found no convincing evidence to suggest that babies born by caesarean, forceps, or breech delivery had an increased risk of developing allergic disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)800-802
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Asthma
  • Birth cohort
  • Eczema
  • Hay fever
  • Mode of delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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