Postpartum depression affects the growth of a child


Babies whose mothers experienced postpartum depression, a period of 4-5 years are of low growth. Such a statement was made by scientists from the School of Public Health in the Bloomberg, located at Johns Hopkins University, reports HealthDay News.

Scientists have studied the information about 10 thousand children born in 2001. The observations were made until 2007. It was found that the mother’s depression during the first 9 months after birth increases the risk that by 4 years of their baby will be 40% below the put growth, and to 5 years - by 48%, compared to their peers whose mothers were not exposed to this mental disorder.

Science is not yet known as the mother postpartum depression is connected with a low growth of the child. From the statements of Dr. Michelle Terry (Seattle Children’s Hospital) we learned that the primary role can play a factor as maternal nutrition and breast-feeding. The first symptom of depression is a loss of appetite. "If a mother lost appetite, it does not pay attention if someone else wants from its environment to eat, even including a child," - said Terry. In addition, a woman suffering from a form of depression, insomnia is exposed, thereby breaking the mode of feeding and bedtime at the kid. "The process of feeding a child is defining the relationship between the child and the mother. If this connection does not exist, then the child refuses to eat" - argues Dr. Terry.

According to the study maternal depression provokes the baby stress, reducing the concentration of growth hormone and increasing the release of cortisol (a stress hormone). Earlier studies in this area have revealed that the mother’s depression interferes with the normal development of the child during the first two years of his life.

The results of the research were published in the journal Pediatrics.

News prepared by: A. CHirkova

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