Single Parent Family Homes
Asthma is worse in single parent family homes. This past Saturday, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center presented a study that revealed that children in single parent families are 50% more likely to return for hospital care of their asthma than children in two parent homes. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) annual meeting in Boston had a presentation regarding tis finding.
The study also revealed that children were more likely to return for hospital care for their asthma, if their family's annual income was less than $60,000 a year.
Children with Asthma Need Family Support
This study, presented at the ACAAI annual meeting, has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Therefore, this is a preliminary report. However, pediatricians see this every day; there is a definite socioeconomic impact on childhood disease. In general, single-parent families are more overwhelmed and have less of an income than two-parent families. Who is there to take turns when it comes to missing work, administering medications, and catching up on much needed sleep when caring for a sick child? This is yet another reminder that single parent families need more support. Support can come from other family members, friends, and in some cases the employer. Inevitably, where there is more parental support, the child with a chronic disease is healthier.