Monday, March 17, 2008

Allergies Affect Kids In Multiple Contexts

Here is a Reuters story (pic from them as well) that certainly matches my own childhood experiences. I remember years of miserable days and nights in the spring and early summer. The gist of the story is that allergies don't just make kids uncomfortable. Allergies affect their sleep, concentration in school and even physical activity like on the playground. My bet would be that the interrupted sleep would be a huge piece that leads to some of the other problems, especially school performance. And we already know from other studies that sleep deprivation can actually take a toll on IQ over time. It's a good thing the medications available are better than the ones I had access to as a kid.
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