There is more behind the scenes if a baby is really fussy and the mother is also in the throes of postpartum depression. A study conducted by a Brown Medical School professor// and Rhode Island Department of Health family health experts delves into this subject to throw light on the subtle association that exists.
The study is the first to establish a link between colic and depression using a large sample of de-mographically diverse women. Results will be presented May 2 at the Pediatric Academic Socie-ties’ 2006 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The meeting is the largest academic pediatric gathering in the world.
Pamela High, M.D., served as lead researcher on the study. High is a clinical professor of pediat-rics at Brown Medical School and director of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She is also head of the Infant Behavior, Cry & Sleep Program run by the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk, which is supported by Women & Infants Hospi-tal of Rhode Island.
The research team also included researchers from the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Divi-sion of Family Health, who provided data and analytic support. They are Hannah Kim, senior epidemiologist, Samara Viner-Brown, chief of data and evaluation and director of the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, or PRAMS, and Rachel Cain, PRAMS coordinator.
High warned that the work does not show a direct cause-and-effect relationship between a fussy baby and a depressed mom. “We can’t say that inconsolability causes depression or that depres-sion causes inconsolability,” High said. “However, we did find a link between the two. And this won’t surprise anyone who knows a mother coping with a fussy baby.”
High helped found the Infant Behavior, Cry & Sleep Program – aka the Colic Clinic – in Provi-dence 13 years ago. Since then, High and other Colic Clinic staff have helped hundreds of fami-lies having trouPage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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