Risk factors of acute respiratory infections in underfives of urban slum community

Indian J Public Health. 1999 Apr-Jun;43(2):73-5.


To ascertain the risk factors of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) in children, a prospective study was conducted for a period of one year among 112 underfives in urban slum community of Calcutta. Incidence of ARI was found significantly higher in undernourished children of poor socio-economic class. Parental smoking habit and solid fuel use for cooking were recognised as important risk factors of ARI.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease / epidemiology
  • Age Factors
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Nutritional Status
  • Poverty Areas*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / epidemiology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Urban Population*