Pediatric Chronic Conditions

At some point, all children will most definitely have different health problems from the ages of being an infant, and in their childhood, most problems will be mild, and they may come and go. Most do not interfere with their daily life development; however, for some children, the chronic health conditions affect their everyday life throughout their childhood.

A chronic condition is an umbrella term meaning that children with chronic illnesses may be ill or well at any given time, but they will always live with their condition. Some chronic diseases may include Asthma, which is most common, diabetes, cerebral palsy, sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, spina bifida, congenital heart problems.



Chronic conditions range from about 15% to 18% of children in the United States living with a chronic condition. Children react to their diagnosis with a chronic illness depending on their personality, the specific illness, and their family’s reaction. As the child gets old, they will understand their condition and their way of coping more.