Asthma – Responsible for absence from school in kids

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease and is now a most common phenomenon in both adults and children. Asthma is causing about 10.5 million missed school days among children each year in the United States. It is also one of the leading contributors of illness and missed sleep in urban kids according to latest research. The research was carried out as a study that is published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The study found that the children particularly in cases of Hispanic children were frequently absent from school, experienced limitation in sporting activities and visited the emergency room quite often.

The study was conducted under the lead authorship of Dr. Lauren Daniel at the Bradley Hasbro Research Center of Brown Medical School involving parents of about 147 children under the age group of 6 to 13 years old. Dr. Lauren Daniel informed that children from urban backgrounds with asthma are at increased risk of disrupted sleep and is therefore impacting their daytime functioning. Dr. Lauren Daniel recommends that it is important for healthcare providers and parents to routinely monitor sleep in children with asthma in order to minimize the sleep disruptions and ensure proper asthmatic control.

 

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