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Urban students with poorly controlled asthma stay out of the school more often than those who take their medication daily and have a regular checkup.

Children with Asthma Tends to Have Poor Academic Performance

By Kanika  •  

A new study has found that schoolgoers with asthma tend to struggle more in school premises. Especially when their symptoms aren’t controlled well, it can cause them to miss out on school and adversely affects their grades.

The study was published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology on March 11, 2019. This is the official journal of American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI).

Asthma is one of the most common diseases among children. It has been reported that kids with chronic asthma and other respiratory diseases are likely to fall behind in their academics. The urban kids are said to be more vulnerable to such diseases as they live in worse air-quality be it indoor or outdoor.

Researchers have examined the records of school attendance and academic performance of 216 Black/African American out of which, 46 percent were Latinos and 26 percent were non-Latino white. All the participating students were 7 to 9 years old.

A complete clinical evaluation was done to determine asthma and allergy status, lung function and their academic performance.

The result of this research states that urban students with poorly controlled asthma stay out of the school more often than those who take their medication daily and have a regular checkup.

Todd Mahr, the ACAAI president, said, “A very low proportion of the children in this study saw specialists such as allergists. In addition, many had undiagnosed hay fever, which can greatly contribute to poorer asthma outcomes, and potentially poorer academic performance.”

Additionally, he said, “Children who are treated by allergists, who are specialists in treating asthma, have fewer missed days from school because their asthma is better controlled. Kids with asthma – especially in urban areas – need access to specialty care because anyone with asthma should be able to feel good, be active all day and sleep well at night. No one should accept less.”

Dr. Koinis-Mitchell, lead study author, said, “Factors such as higher levels of fear of asthma, language barriers, stress related to fitting in to the culture, poorer symptom perception, greater concerns regarding medications and lower medication adherence may put Latinos at greater risk for poor academic performance.”

According to the study, kids and parents should not be ignorant towards the symptoms of asthma or any other respiratory diseases as it can severely impact children health and school performances. Doctors have suggested to keep good asthma control. Even the mild increase in asthma symptoms can directly affect the academics and sleep quality.

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