Mental health, behavioural problems higher in children with severe asthma

Australian and US researchers analysed data from a population birth cohort of more than 1300 West Australian children followed to 17 years of age.

They found that children with severe asthma at age five were 89% more likely to have ADHD, 2.7 times more likely to have somatic problems, and more than twice as likely to have conduct problems than children without asthma. Those with persistent disease also had a higher risk of disorders.

The authors said youths with chronic asthma may have unique social and emotional needs.