Childhood eczema linked to ADHD symptoms

Sleep disturbances or antihistamines may explain behavioural problems.

Atopic dermatitis in childhood may lower the bar to developing ADHD, dermatologists in Germany have found.


The sleep disturbances caused by the condition – or possibly the effect of antihistamines crossing the blood-brain barrier – may explain why children with atopic dermatitis have higher levels of ADHD symptoms, the researchers concluded.

In a study of more than 150 children aged six to 12 years of age, researchers found that those with atopic dermatitis showed increased levels of inattention symptoms and hyperactivity, as