Navigation Links
Eczema in early childhood and psychological problems
Date:2/10/2010

Neuherberg, February 10., 2010. Eczema in early childhood may influence behavior and mental health later in life. This is a key finding of a prospective birth cohort study to which scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen contributed. In cooperation with colleagues of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt (LMU), Technische Universitt Mnchen (TUM) and Marien-Hospital in Wesel, North Rhine-Westphalia this study followed 5,991 children who were born between 1995 and 1998. The study has been published in the current issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 125 (2010); 404-410.

Researchers, led by Assistant Professor Jochen Schmitt of Dresden University Hospital, Dr. Christian Apfelbacher (Heidelberg University Hospital) and Dr. Joachim Heinrich of the Institute of Epidemiology of Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen, discovered that children who suffered from eczema during the first two years of life were more likely to demonstrate psychological abnormalities, in particular emotional problems, at age ten years than children of the same age who had not suffered from the disease. "This indicates that eczema can precede and lead to behavioral and psychological problems in children," Dr. Heinrich explained.

Children whose eczema persisted beyond the first two years of life were more likely to have mental health problems than children who had eczema only in infancy.

Within the framework of the GINIplus study, scientists tracked the family history of the children, collected data on their physical health and emotional condition at age 10 years and gathered information on their daily lives. Questions were asked about the course of disease also in early childhood with special focus on diseases such as eczema, asthma, allergic rhinitis, stress tolerance and behavioral abnormalities.

Eczema is a non-infectious skin disease characterized by scaling itchy skin rashes. It is the most common skin disease in children and adolescents. Children who suffer from eczema are known to have an increased predisposition for hay fever and allergic asthma. Eczema symptoms are accompanied by a broad spectrum of secondary symptoms, such as sleep disorders.

"We suspect that it is mainly the secondary symptoms that have a long-term effect on the emotions of the affected children," Joachim Heinrich said. The authors of the study therefore recommend documenting the occurrence of eczema as potential risk factor for later psychological problems in the children's medical records, even if the actual primary disease abates and disappears during the course of childhood.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sven Winkler
presse@helmholtz-muenchen.de
49-893-187-3946
Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen - German Research Center for Environmental Health
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Study characterizes eczema patients most at risk for dangerous viral infections
2. Common fragrance ingredients in shampoos and conditioners are frequent causes of eczema
3. Early artificial pancreas trials show benefits for kids, teenagers with diabetes overnight
4. Early abuse tied to more depression in children
5. Carnegie Mellons John Kitchin receives early career award
6. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant awarded to Johns Hopkins Early Career investigator
7. Early immune response needed for hit-and-hide cancer viruses
8. In early heart development, genes work in tandem
9. Scientists create early-warning system to defend rare Jersey cows from continental disease
10. NSAIDs: Take em early and often when competing? Think again
11. Study shows nearly 1/3 of human genome is involved in gingivitis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/16/2017)... N.J. , May 16, 2017  Veratad Technologies, ... provider of online age and identity verification solutions, announced ... K(NO)W Identity Conference 2017, May 15 thru May 17, ... Regan Building and International Trade Center. ... the globe and in today,s quickly evolving digital world, ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... RAM Group , Singaporean based ... in biometric authentication based on a novel  ... to perform biometric authentication. These new sensors are based on ... Ram Group and its partners. This sensor will have ... and security. Ram Group is a next generation ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... New York , April 19, 2017 ... competitive, as its vendor landscape is marked by the ... the market is however held by five major players ... Safran. Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% of ... of the leading companies in the global military biometrics ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 16, 2017 , ... Clinical Supplies ... executive appointments as the company continues to grow. CSM has doubled in size ... and is executing an aggressive growth strategy. , Roger Gasper joins CSM as Chief ...
(Date:5/18/2017)... ... May 17, 2017 , ... ... and further enhances its scientific power by providing investigators access to a ... agreed to join the scientific advisory board. “We are committed to offering ...
(Date:5/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 17, 2017 , ... ... innovation and business process optimization firm for the life sciences and healthcare industries, ... the UDIs and Traceability for Medical Devices conference in Brussels, Belgium. , Crowley ...
(Date:5/18/2017)... Station, TX (PRWEB) , ... May 17, 2017 ... ... design and construction, announced today that their Chief Executive Officer, Maik Jornitz, was ... List. The UK publication’s Power List celebrates 100 individuals “involved in bettering the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: