A longstanding health condition is any illness, disability or infirmity that has or will trouble a child over a period of time. Children with these conditions can have poorer quality of life, poorer social and emotional development, and poorer educational achievement.
As part of its work on the prevalence of chronic health conditions, IPH produced prevalence estimates for carer-reported health conditions amongst seven-year-olds in Northern Ireland in 2011. The estimates are based on data from Sweep 4 of the Millennium Cohort Studyand relate to the following five common serious conditions:
A “longstanding illness, disability or infirmity” - longstanding meaning anything that has troubled child for a period of time or is likely to affect child over a period of time
Asthma or asthma symptoms
Sight problem ever that required treatment
Hearing problem ever that required treatment.
For each condition we:
- Estimated national prevalence per cent and number of children with the condition
- Described how national prevalence varies with important child, carer, household and neighbourhood characteristics
- Described how prevalence varies across the new 11 local government districts in Northern Ireland.
We have previously prepared similar data on longstanding conditions among children in the Republic of Ireland