Kids with eczema more likely to have ADHD, study shows

February 19, 2009

National report - Children with eczema are more likely to also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than kids without eczema, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

National report

- Children with eczema are more likely to also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than kids without eczema, according to a study published in the

Journal of the American Medical Association

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The German study looked at 1,436 children between the ages of 6 and 17, who had atopic dermatitis, and 1,436 kids without it. The researchers found 5.2 percent of eczema patients had ADHD, compared with 3.4 percent of the eczema-free group, Health Magazine reports.

Study authors say kids with atopic eczema are 54 percent more likely to have ADHD than those without it.