Any parent of a child with asthma has enough to worry about, from frequent coughing to shortness of breath and wheezing, to sleep problems, and susceptibility to illnesses, you have your hands full doing your best to manage their symptoms.
And while getting your child's asthma under control is probably always a priority, if you needed one more reason to ensure your child is managing his or her asthma correctly, it could be their performance in school. A recent study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that children who had poorly managed asthma tended not to perform as well academically, especially if they lived in urban areas.
Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absence due to illness. In this study, there was a strong correspondence between those children with poorly managed asthma and declining academic performance. "We found associations between poor asthma status, poorer asthma control, lower lung function, more asthma symptoms, and decline in academic performance," said lead study author Daphne Koinis-Mitchell of Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center in Providence, Rhode Island in a press release.