Long-standing health conditions among three-year-old children in the Republic of Ireland in 2011

According to a new report from the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, around 11,000 three-year olds in Ireland have at least one serious long-standing health condition. A long-standing health condition is defined as a condition that “has troubled the child over a period of time or that is likely to affect the child over a period of time”.

It found that:

  • 9.5%, or about 6,600 children, have been diagnosed with asthma or asthma symptoms;
  • 4%, or about 2,800 children, have diagnosed eczema/skin allergy;
  • 5.9% or about 4,100 children have had a sight problem that required correction;
  • 3.9% or about 2,700 have had a hearing problem that required correction

The report, which is funded by the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, found that the prevalence of such conditions was higher among boys and children from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Posted: 07/10/2014 08:56:54 by Laura Keaver


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