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Thank you for your interest in this research. We have now finished recruiting for this study.

Better health for babies by providing warm homes

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Would you like to take part in a research study aimed at reducing the risk of asthma and allergy in your baby?

Cold and damp houses have been shown in many studies to be linked to asthma in children. Researchers from the University of Otago have recently shown that dampness is also related to the onset of wheezing in children. In this study we are looking at how improving heating and how using different types of bedding might help reduce the chance of wheezing and asthma in young children.

Taking part in the Nest Study involves:

  • A $200 power voucher to help heat your baby’s bedroom in their first winter.
  • Your baby sleeping in a sleepsack (wool, cotton-composite, or feather) until they are 2 years old.
  • If you don’t have insulation we’ll arrange a check for your home.
  • Two home visits of 45 minutes.
  • A questionnaire about your home and your child’s health.
  • Vacuum samples from your child’s room.
  • An allergy test when your child is two years old.

For more detailed information please read our study information sheet (PDF 96 KB).

If you’d like to take part in the study contact us at: nest.study@otago.ac.nz or phone Huia Tavite or Cheryl Davies on (04) 9394629.

Eligibility

We will discuss the study eligibility criteria with you, but they include:

  • That you will be staying in the Wellington region for the next 2 years.
  • That you are enrolled in a medical practice and are happy for your child’s respiratory health records to be checked when they are 2 years old.
  • That you are happy to regularly use a sleepsack for your baby to sleep in.
  • That you have an estimated date of delivery (EDD) before May 2018.
  • That you will be staying in the Wellington region (excluding Kapiti Coast and Waiarapa) for the next 2 years.
  • That you are enrolled in a medical practice and are happy for your child’s respiratory health records to be checked when they are 2 years old.
  • That you are happy to regularly use a sleep sack for your baby to sleep in.

Tu-Kotakhi-logoThis research is part of He Kainga Oranga Housing and Health research programme conducted by the University of Otago Wellington, funded by the Health Research Council. The study has been approved by the Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee (Ref: 15/CEN/181). This study includes researchers from the University of Otago, Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust and Naku Enei Tamariki.

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