Causes of chILD
Different types of chILD have different causes.
In over 70% of ILDs in children, the underlying cause can be found.
Some causes of chILD are:
- an infection caused by a virus, bacteria, fungus or a parasite
- exposure to toxic gases such as smoke, fumes or radiation
- gene mutations affecting the production of surfactant
- lung injury such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- a problem with the way your child’s tiny blood vessels, called capillaries, have developed
- conditions that cause inflammation such as some forms of arthritis
Is there any way to prevent it?
It’s not possible to prevent chILD. But there’s lots you can do to reduce the risks to your child’s lungs. Take a look at our information about risks to your child's lungs.