Understanding Children and Chronic Illness

Chronic illness is an illness that may last throughout a person s life, although the frequency and severity of symptoms can change. There can be periods of time when the illness is  quiet. There are also periods of time when the illness is more active, and symptoms may be worse. Examples of chronic illnesses often seen in children and teens include asthma, atopic dermatitis, allergies to foods and/or the environment, and diabetes. A chronic illness usually cannot be cured, but it can often be well managed to allow the person to lead an active life.

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