Ghulam Mustafa, Pervez Akber Khan, Imran Iqbal.
Parent reported wheeze in school children of South Punjab, Pakistan.
Pak J Med Res Jan ;48(1):12-4.
Objective: To find the prevalence of wheeze as reported by the parents in school children of Southern Punjab Pakistan. Methods: It was a cross sectional, questionnaire based survey of the children aged 3-18 years, in randomly selected primary and secondary schools, from October 2002 to March 2003. The data was analyzed using Statistical Analysis System. Results: Of 6120 questionnaire sent to the parents/guardians, we received 3180 back (52%). Of the 3180 respondents, 1767(56%) were for boys and 1413(44%) were for girls. The median age was 8.25 years. Around 71% of children were between 4 to 11 years of age. The parents reported wheeze in 222(7%) of their children with a slight predominance in boys 120(4%) than in girls 102(3%). The wheeze was not reported in 14-18 years age group. Conclusion: Childhood wheeze was reported in children by 7% parents. Most of the time wheeze is not reported or disclosed rather denied.
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