Navigation Links
Smoking and depression often co-occur in new mothers
Date:11/26/2007

Smoking and depression often go hand-in-hand for new mothers, according to a study in the November 2007 issue of Preventive Medicine by Temple University researcher Dr. Robert Whitaker.

While smoking and depression adversely affect a mothers health, the combination may also affect the health of her child, Whitaker said.

For children, the potential consequences of maternal smoking include sudden infant death, asthma, ear infections and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, while the potential consequences of maternal depression include behavior problems, language delay and childhood depression.

Giving a mother who smokes the telephone number to a quit line is probably not going to be enough if smoking is helping the mother cope with her symptoms of untreated depression, said Whitaker, a pediatrician and professor of public health at Temple University. Depression and addiction to tobacco should not be diagnosed or treated in isolation from each other.

The issue is particularly troublesome for low-income families.

Unfortunately, an adequately financed primary-care system for low-income mothers does not exist beyond pregnancy. You can improve the well-being of the child by addressing the health and well-being of the mother. Care of mothers and their children should be better integrated in our healthcare system, Whitaker said.

Data for the analysis came from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. In 20 U.S. cities, 4,898 mothers were surveyed at the time of delivery, from 1998 to 2000. In a follow-up survey 15 months later, 4,353 (89 percent) of mothers reported their smoking behavior and symptoms of a major depressive episode during the prior 12 months.

The follow-up survey showed that the 12-month prevalence of a major depressive episode was 46 percent higher among smokers and that the prevalence of smoking was 33 percent higher among those who had a major depressive episode in the prior 12 months.

Most recently, healthcare policy has focused on childrens access to healthcare, but we also have to keep the mothers health in the discussion, Whitaker said.

A pediatrician will often see an infant who is wheezing and who has a mother who smokes. The mother may also have symptoms of depression. However, pediatricians often lack the time, skills and mandate to treat the mothers. A better referral network of adult healthcare providers might be one way to help the pediatrician help these mothers, and to, in turn, help the children, Whitaker said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Renee Cree
renee.cree@temple.edu
215-707-1583
Temple University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Smoking may strongly increase long-term risk of eye disease
2. Smoking increases risks for head and neck cancers for men and women
3. Smoking Boosts Risk for Head, Neck Cancers
4. AUDIO from Medialink and Commit Lozenge: Wanna Quit Smoking With Therapeutic Nicotine? Just Follow the Directions
5. Passive smoking increases sleep disturbance among pregnant women
6. Teens who see more smoking in movies may have increased risk of becoming established smokers
7. Smoking in Movies May Put Teens at Risk
8. Test Spots Genetic Damage Done by Smoking
9. Scientists demonstate link between genetic variant and effectiveness of smoking cessation meds
10. Muslim Groups Kick Off Ramadan With Anti-Smoking Initiative
11. Smoking can harm the long-term effects of some oral surgery procedures
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/16/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 16, 2017 , ... Greenfield Advisors ... companies in the U.S. for the second year in a row. The Inc. 5000 ... past three years. , “To be on the list once is a great accomplishment, ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... For the second year, ... student to educate the public on the impact of concussions. Brooke Mills, student ... National Concussion Awareness Day. , Brooke is working diligently is to raise awareness ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... of their recently launched community enrichment program. Partnering once again with Boys & ... Superstar competition to help find the area’s very own American Idol. With all ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... LabRoots , the ... from around the world, is excited to announce Andrew Ly as the winner of ... pursuits, covering textbook costs. , Ly, who is in his third year at ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... Melbourne’s reign as the world’s most liveable city ... (EIU) annual Liveability Index. , The Index surveys 140 of the world’s cities and ... Melbourne has consistently come in the top three of the index. So what is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/4/2017)... , Aug. 3, 2017  Agragen, LLC, a ... active in the biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and aquacultural feed ... of its lead drug candidates, AGR131.  This drug ... cytokine from the blood of patients suffering from ... inflammatory bowel disease. ...
(Date:8/2/2017)... 2017   Marshall County Hospital in Benton, Kentucky has ... of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The new addition, Tru-D SmartUVC , short for "total room ... pathogens such as C. diff , MRSA, MERS, Ebola and more. ... Tru-D SmartUVC ... Tru-D in action in a patient room ...
(Date:8/1/2017)... , Aug. 1, 2017   CerSci Therapeutics , ... Dallas, Texas , has received notice from the ... Institutes of Health (NIH) that it has been awarded ... totaling over $650,000 in 2017 with an additional $1,000,000 ... Investigational New Drug application of their lead non-opioid drug ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: