It came as no surprise that ADHD and diabetes topped our list.
More than 6 million school-aged children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD, making it the most common childhood behavioral condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And the percentage of children being diagnosed with ADHD continues to increase by more than 5 percent each year.
What’s more, with the rising obesity epidemic, type 2 diabetes is increasingly being diagnosed in children and teens.
Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. children and teens, ages 12 to 19, are at risk for or have type 2 diabetes, up from just 1 in 10 a decade ago, according to the journal Pediatrics.
Read on to find out what other common conditions made our Top 10 list.
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a developmental condition where children experience problems with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity or a combination of all 3.
Children with ADHD are easily distracted by sights and sounds in their environments, are restless and cannot concentrate for long periods of time.
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action or both.
The longer blood sugar runs rampant, the greater children are at risk for complications, such as vision loss, nerve damage, kidney failure, limb amputation, and even heart attacks and strokes.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex, neuro-developmental disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior.
It appears in the first 3 years of life. Though symptoms and severity vary, all ASDs affect a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others.
The CDC estimates 1 in 88 children will have an ASD, and males are 5 times more likely than girls to have it.
Congenital Nystagmus is a visual impairment in which the eyes make repetitive, rapid, uncontrolled movements, often resulting in reduced vision. These involuntary eye movements can occur from side to side, up and down or in a circular pattern.
As a result, children with congenital nystagmus may experience reduced visual acuity. They also may have problems with depth perception that can affect their balance and coordination.
Anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For children with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, which can interfere with their daily activities.
Depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It’s a serious medical illness that affects a child’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health, and it limits his ability to function normally.
Depression is the most common health problem in the United States. As many as 1 in every 33 children may have depression. In teens, that number may be as high as 1 in 8, according to KidsHealth.
Asthma is a respiratory condition that inflames and narrows the airways, which can cause wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing.
It affects people of all ages, but most often begins during childhood.
In the United States, about 7 million children are known to have asthma, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Abdominal pain is very common — just about everybody will experience it at one point or another — and occurs in the area between a child’s chest and pelvis. It often is referred to as the belly or tummy.
In most cases, the causes of abdominal pain are not emergencies and can be readily diagnosed and treated. Many common causes include constipation, food poisoning, lactose intolerance and a stomach virus, among others.
However, there are signs and symptoms to be aware of that could indicate a more serious illness. Consult your doctor if your child is in so much pain she can’t sit still or get into a comfortable position, or is experiencing symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, chest pain, fever or painful urination.
Scoliosis is characterized by an abnormal curving of the spine. The curve is often S- or C-shaped.
People of all ages can have scoliosis, but the most common type occurs in children ages 10 to 12 — at a time when children are growing fast, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
In most cases, the cause is unknown. However, it can run in families.
Asperger syndrome, often considered a high functioning form of autism, can be characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and kids may exhibit a restricted range of interests and repetitive behaviors.
Children with Asperger’s may have speech marked by a lack of rhythm, an odd inflection or a monotone pitch. Many of these children are highly active in early childhood, but don’t reach milestones in motor skills as early as other children.
The prevalence of Asperger syndrome is not well known.