More than a quarter of US children suffer with a chronic health condition such as asthma or obesity, but many children overcome these conditions with time, a new study has found.
As chronic health conditions are rising among children, better access to high-quality healthcare, especially primary care, is needed to diagnose and treat them, US researchers said.
The Journal of the American Medical Association study, used data from a government survey of three groups of over 3,000 children aged 2-8 between 1988 and 2006, and found the rate of chronic health conditions doubled to 26.6% in 2006.
Around 16.6% of all children surveyed had a chronic condition at the beginning of the study period, and 20.8% reported having a chronic condition at the end.
Only 7.4% of the children had a chronic condition both at the beginning and at the end of the study period, and 9.3% of children reported having a chronic condition at the beginning of the study that was not present at the end.