Stressed moms linked with children’s asthma
Genetics and the environment play an important role in acquiring asthma. But did you know that apart from smoking, stress levels especially for women who are expecting increases their children?s risk of asthma? Not only that, mothers who are experiencing bouts of depression or anxiety heightens the possibility of children developing asthma later in life.
According to a study conducted by Canadian researchers spearheaded by Anita Kozyrskyj of the University of Manitoba in Canada, maternal distress beyond the postpartum period is associated with an increased risk of asthma in children of school-age. The group analyzed medical records of children born in Manitoba from 1995 to 2003 and likewise, gathered data on the mother?s medical history on the same period. Results show that there?s a correlation between the effects of a mother?s persistent stress and the increased risk of asthma in children as the year progresses.
Stress is a fixed hurdle to be dealt with everyday. We all experience stress. No doubt about that. Moms, especially, have to put up with quite a lot of it, ranging from household matters, career, finances, relationships, and of course, our children. We can either deal with it in a positive fashion or allow ourselves to succumb in the sad realities of depression.