Million US Children Diagnosed with Asthma
5, 2004 - NEWSdial.com)
Nine million U.S. children under age 18 have been diagnosed
with asthma at some point in their lives, and more than 4 million
have had an asthma attack in the past 12 months, according
to a new report on children’s health released today by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
report, based on 2002 data from CDC’s National Health
Interview Survey, shows that 12 percent of children under the
age of 18 have been diagnosed with asthma. Boys (14 percent)
were more likely than girls (10 percent) to have been diagnosed
with asthma. Children in poor families (16 percent) were more
likely to have been diagnosed with asthma than children in
families that were not poor (11 percent).
black children were more than twice as likely as Hispanic children
to have had an asthma attack in the past 12 months (9 percent
vs. 4 percent).
report examined a number of health topics and found that 12
percent or 9 million U.S. children also suffered from respiratory
allergies in 2002. Ten percent of children suffered from hay
fever and 11 percent suffered from other allergies.
allergies were more prevalent among children living in the
South (15 percent) than in the Midwest (12 percent), Northeast
(11 percent) or West (10 percent). Non-Hispanic white children
(14 percent) and non-Hispanic black children (12 percent) were
more likely than Hispanic children (9 percent) to have had
study also sheds light on the number of children with identified
learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
(ADHD). Almost 5 million children between the ages of 3 and
17 had been identified with a learning disability, and almost
4 million had been identified with ADHD. Boys were more than
twice as likely as girls (10 percent vs. 4 percent) to have
been identified with ADHD.
report also looked at prescription medication use and found
that in 2002 there were nearly 10 million U.S. children who
had to take regular prescription medication for at least three
months. Youths between the ages 12 and 17 were most likely
to have been on regular medication for at least three months.
percent of boys were on regular medication compared with 12
percent of girls, and non-Hispanic white children and non-Hispanic
black children were more likely to have been on regular medication
than Hispanic children.
study also found that one-quarter of U.S. children between
5 and 17 years of age missed no school over the past 12 months
due to illness or injury. Over one-third of non-Hispanic black
children and Hispanic children missed no school due to illness
or injury compared with one-fifth of non-Hispanic white children.
percent of children missed 11 or more days of school over the
past year due to illness or injury.
also reports that approximately 3.9 million U.S. children did
not have a usual place of health care. A higher percent of
Hispanic children (12 percent) did not have a usual place of
health care, compared with five percent of non-Hispanic black
children and three percent of non-Hispanic white children.
out of four children had a contact with a doctor or other health
professional at some time during the past six months, while
15 percent of uninsured children had not had a contact with
a doctor or other health professional in more than two years.
than 4 million children between the ages of 2 and 17 had unmet
dental needs because their families could not afford dental
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