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Are Your Grandchildren Asthmatic? They Might Also Have This Disorder


If you notice that there have been issues in school or simply when they are young at home, there might be more than one health problem the child in your family suffers from.

According to a study published in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, researchers looking at 2,294 children with asthma and 9,176 controls aged between 0 and 3 years found that within a 10 year follow-up, the asthmatic children had a 7% chance of also being diagnosed with ADHD. When a child develops asthma from a very early age, the risk of other comorbid diseases and disorders also increases, ADHD being one.

Childhood ADHD can last well into adulthood, though that phenomenon is rarely explored. To date, the causes had not been known, but this latest study sheds some light on certain brain processes and health detriments that could create the problems which provide such trouble and headache to teachers, parents and the children alike.

So how do we treat it all?

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For asthmatic children:

Treating ADHD

It might be prudent to point out that ADHD is not only connected to asthma but also linked to autism. Furthermore, it can also give rise to many other psychiatric disorders later in life. Colicky babies are also quite prone to developing ADHD symptoms as they grow up.

As a parent or grandparent, make sure you are following doctors' instructions and ensuring that your asthmatic child does not also suffer from ADHD or other psychological health issues.

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