Allergies May Boost Chances of Anxiety or Depression Symptoms
Kids who have allergies at an early age are more likely than others to also have problems with anxiety and depression, according to a new study.
The researchers studied 546 children who had skin tests and exams at age one, two, three, four and seven and whose parents completed behavioral assessments at age seven. They looked for signs of sneezing and itchy eyes, wheezing or skin inflammation related to allergies. Parents answered 160 questions about their child’s behaviors and emotions, including how often they seemed worried, nervous, fearful, or sad.
Among the conclusions, children with allergic rhinitis and allergic persistent wheezing at age 4 are at increased risk of internalizing behaviors at age 7.