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Old 02-18-2021, 04:16 PM
 
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Looking for insight from those who have relocated to Denver, from sea level, with children. Did your children seem negatively affected by the change in altitude? Based upon my numerous Google and city data searches, it seems that my children’s health is doomed if we move to Denver. Edit to add: wondering about mental health (ADHD and depression issues), as well as physical health issues.

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Old 02-18-2021, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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We moved back to the Front Range from Dallas-Fort Worth (elev. 430') when my kids were 11, 7, and 5. They're almost 21, 17, and 15 now, and they are perfectly healthy. The oldest occasionally hikes 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks with me.
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Old 02-18-2021, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Alamosa, CO
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We moved from Homer, Alaska (sea level) to Del Norte, Colorado in 2017. So that was like an 8000 ft change in elevation. My oldest has multiple disabilities and I didn't notice any problems with her. My middle child's asthma got worse and my youngest child's got better. I have no idea if the elevation caused the changes or something else, like the change in humidity. Otherwise, they all seem to be doing fine.
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Old 02-18-2021, 04:37 PM
 
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People who go swiftly from places with lower altitude to a place with high altitude may suffer a day or two of "altitude sickness", but it subsides quickly (when I flew from the Ohio Valley to Denver several years ago, I had a bad headache the first evening there - it was gone by morning. I also got winded more quickly when I climbed stairs when I visited Leadville, but that was it).

A bonus is that children raised in high altitude environments may develop a higher lung capacity as a result.
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Old 02-18-2021, 04:48 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. It’s a bit reassuring. I know everyone is different and will ultimately react differently. Google doesn’t help either

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Old 02-18-2021, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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There is some very prelimianry research around altitude and depression, however, there is not direct cause=effect related to this and there are a huge number of variables that can be factors.

Children have been growing up in Colorado for generations without issues.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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Worry about your children’s attitude.
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Alamosa, CO
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Thanks everyone. It’s a bit reassuring. I know everyone is different and will ultimately react differently. Google doesn’t help either
I had more problems than the kids. Maybe because I was the one moving things off the shipping container, trying to unpack, and get everything done. It was too much before having time to adjust. When we moved, Denver didn't cause me the same issues as where we moved. That elevation was mostly fine. We drove down from AK and I could still manage there. 3+ years in, things are fine at 7000/8000 ft. However, I will never be one of those people who handle 10,000 ft+ without issues. Everyone does react differently. I actually plan my routes around the state to avoid the highest passes which is hard because I miss some of the coolest places.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:55 AM
 
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Worry about your children’s attitude.
Hahaha! Always!
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