International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 233–238 | Cite as

Effect of weather on asthmatic children in the Eastern part of the Netherlands

  • S. W. Tromp
  • Janneke Bouma
Article

Abstract

A biometeorological analysis of the daily asthma complaints, classified in 5 degrees of severity, of 50 boys and 25 girls, 7 to 16 years old, at the asthma center “Eykeloord” (Eastern Netherlands), during 1964 has shown that in winter and early spring the number of asthma attacks in both sexes increased during periods of cooling. The total rise in asthma attacks increased with the length of the cooling period and decreased in relation to the length of the period of warming up. During the summer months June and August these meteorotropic effects were not statistically significant. The observations confirmed the previous findings at an asthma center in the Western Netherlands.

Keywords

Asthma Plant Physiology Advection Early Spring Asthmatic Child 

Zusammenfassung

Eine biometeorologische Analyse der täglichen Asthmabeschwerden, die in 5 Schweregraden klassifiziert wurden, bei 50 Knaben und 25 Mädchen im Alter von 7 bis 16 Jahren in der Asthmaklinik “Eykeloord” (Ost-Holland)während des Jahres 1964 hat gezeigt, dass im Winter und Vorfrühling die Anzahl der Asthmaanfälle bei Kälteeinbrüchen zunimmt. Asthmaanfälle nehmen an Zahl mit der Länge der Kälteperioden zu und mit der Länge der Wärmeperioden ab.Während der Sommermonate Juni bis August waren diese Beziehungen zwar auch nachweisbar aber nicht signifikant. Die Beobachtungen bestätigten früheren Ergebnisse in einer Asthmaklinik in West-Holland.

Resume

Une analyse biométéorologique des accès d'asthme a montré qu'en hiver et au début du printemps le nombre des dits accès augmente au moment d'une advection d'air froid. Pour ce faire, on s'est basé sur l'observation de 50 garçons et de 25 fillettes de 7 à 16 ans répartis en 5 classes d'acuité de la maladie. Tous étaient en traitement durant l'année 1964 à la clinique pour asthmatiques d'“Eykeloord”(Hollande orientale). Les accès d'asthme sont d'autant plus nombreux que la période froide est plus longue et leur nombre diminue parallèlement à la durée des périodes plus chaudes. La même relation a pu être établie durant les mois d'été (de juin à août), mais pas de façon significative. Ces observations confirment celles qui avaient été faites antérieurement dans une clinique pour asthmatiques de l'ouest de la Hollande.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. W. Tromp
  • Janneke Bouma
    • 1
  1. 1.Both Biometeorological Research CentreLeidenThe Netherlands

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