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, say dermatologists in Germany.

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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, they say.

In a study of more than 150 children aged 6-12, researchers found those with atopic dermatitis showed increased levels of inattention symptoms and hyperactivity, as well as behavioural problems, even if they had not been diagnosed with