Asthma is associated with childhood bone fractures for boys, but not girls, underlining the importance of bone health education.

New research has underlined the association between asthma severity and the likelihood of fractures.

The Victorian study, the world’s largest of its kind involving children, found that independent of age, boys with a recent wheeze or who had 1-3 recent wheezy episodes, were 30 per cent more likely to fracture a bone than boys who had not experienced a wheeze.

The same association was not found in girls, although older girls with asthma did have an increased risk of fracture.