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Prevalence of Conditions

Children may have chronic physical or mental health problems, such as asthma or anxiety, which may have an impact on the child. Overall, parents of 22.3 percent of children reported they had at least one of a list of 16 chronic health conditions. Nearly half of those with at least one condition had two or more conditions. Of children with at least one of the 16 current health conditions, 47.8 percent were reported to have one or more moderate or severe conditions (data not shown).

Asthma was the most often reported condition, occurring among 9.0 percent of children, followed closely by learning disabilities (7.8 percent). Also relatively common was attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADD/ADHD, reported among 6.4 percent of children, and speech problems (3.7 percent). Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or conduct disorder were reported among 3.3 percent of children, while developmental delay occurred among 3.2 percent. The least commonly reported conditions addressed in the survey were brain injury or concussion and Tourette syndrome, occurring among 0.3 and 0.1 percent of children, respectively.

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