Bedroom environment in relation to respiratory and asthma symptoms among urban primary school children in Thailand


  • Nawarat Apichainan (1) College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; (2) Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand
  • Nutta Taneepanichskul College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand


Primary school children, Respiratory symptoms, Asthma, Bedroom environment, Thailand


Purpose - This study sought to examine the association between bedroom environments with respiratory and asthma symptoms among primary school children in urban area of Bangkok, Thailand.

Design/methodology/approach - A cross-sectional study was conducted among 658 primary school children aged 6 to 10 years during April - May 2018. Self-reported questionnaire from child’s parent was used as a measurement tool. Children’s history of respiratory and asthma symptoms within 1 year was modified from International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). Binary logistic regression models were performed to find the associations. 

Findings - Running nose without cold symptom was the highest reported respiratory and asthma symptom in the past 12 months (52.7%). Having doll in bedroom was significantly associated with dry cough at night (AOR = 2.610; 95%CI 1.720-3.959), phlegm (AOR = 2.375; 95%CI 1.618-3.488), shortness of breath (AOR = 2.440; 95%CI 1.164-5.114), and running nose without cold symptoms (AOR = 2.265; 95%CI 1.558-3.291). Wall dampness near children’s bedroom was significantly associated with shortness of breath (AOR = 3.435; 95%CI 1.297-9.098), and running nose without cold symptoms (AOR = 2.331; 95%CI 1.034-5.257).

Originality/value - Children’s bedroom environments including doll, window, and wall dampness were positive significantly associated with respiratory and asthma symptoms. Further intervention to improve child’s bedroom environment should be considered to reduce respiratory and asthma symptoms.


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Apichainan, N., & Taneepanichskul, N. (2018). Bedroom environment in relation to respiratory and asthma symptoms among urban primary school children in Thailand. Journal of Health Research, 32(Suppl.1), S53-S61. Retrieved from