Extended School Absences among Children Can Be Due To Chronic Fatigue

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Education is considered as one of the most important thing that the general public must consider. For this reason, parents should inculcate to their children the significance of going into school every day and taking it seriously. However, there are some instances where in children are actually not liking it to go to school because of certain factors which may influenced the child not to attend classes. In addition, the physical state of the child should be considered by every parent. Education for younger children should be fun, yet educative. There should be a balance between play and studies in order to achieve a holistic approach in terms of honing the child to become a better individual in the future, and this can be achieved when these children are in school, but extended absences halter this process.

Recently, according to a new study that a probable cause of extended absences of these school children can be due to undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome. The new study was published online in the journal BMJ Open.

The new research which revealed that chronic fatigue syndrome are usually observed among about 1 per cent of the children who are having extended absences in their school involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from about 2,855 students who are currently enrolled in the three secondary schools in England. These study participants do belong to the age group of 11 to 16 years.

Researchers found out that the one main reason for extended absences of these school children is because of undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis. The researchers discovered that these causes are actually the reason for the extended absences which is about more than 20 per cent of the time over six weeks of about 28 students.

Moreover, the researchers also noted that there could be many possible reasons why these school children are having extended absences, and having an undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome/ myalgic encephalomyelitis are one of the major reasons which should be taken into account. According to Dr. Esther Crawley, of the Center for Child and Adolescent Health at University of Bristol and colleagues, they explained that: “Those with mild or moderate CFS/ME may not see their GP [general practitioner] or may not be recognized as having CFS/ME if they are seen. Alternatively, GPs and pediatricians may not be aware of specialist CFS/ME services or may feel that the child’s [condition] is not sufficiently serious to warrant a referral.”




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