Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Among Children Could Lead To Absenteeism, Says Study

chronic-fatigue-syndromeA recent study has revealed that about 1% of the school going kids suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The syndrome has been blamed for causing absenteeism. The previous studies have revealed that kids suffering from diseases like flu are affected with CFS.

The study was conducted by the researchers of the Bristol University. The researchers recruited 2855 schoolchildren and found that about 20% of the children missed their school because of CFS. The study was carried out for a period of six weeks.

The findings of the study have been published in the journal BMJ. The lead author of the study, Dr. Esther Crawley concluded the study saying, “Chronic fatigue is an important cause of unexplained absence from school. Children diagnosed through school-based clinics are less severely affected than those referred to specialist services and appear to make rapid progress when they access treatment”.

It is believed that as children are not diagnosed with CFS timely, treatment is delayed which leads to delayed progress. A child suffering from CFS can be prescribed with graded exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and bringing changes in the sleeping patterns so that they attain adequate sleep.

At present, CFS among kids is not taken seriously by the GPs. Following the findings of the study, it is believed that kids should also be provided with the CFS treatment timely so that they are not made to miss their precious moments from the school.

Besides, it is believed that GPs are required to be trained so that effective treatment to children with CFS could be provided. There are many GPs who are unaware of the fact that CFS does occur among kids.

During the study, it was found that children with CFS take a time of six weeks to six months in recovering. If their disorder is diagnosed timely and treatment is started without wasting anytime then they can recover within few weeks. However, others might take six months to recover.