Does postpartum depression affect children?

Postpartum depression usually develops within 6 weeks after delivery. Tiredness, irritability, worry, terror and depression are the main features of postpartum depression. If left untreated, the symptoms of postpartum depression may take several weeks.

About 10% to 20% of women will have postpartum depression after giving birth. Before the occurrence of depression, women often have postpartum psychological maladjustment, lack of sleep, and excessive fatigue in caring for the baby.

  Postpartum depression can cause mother-to-child connection disorders.

The mother-infant connection refers to the emotional bond between the mother and the baby. It determines a number of factors, including physical contact between the mother and the baby, the baby’s behavior, and the mother’s emotional responsiveness.

This emotional disorder often causes adverse effects on children.

Studies have shown that mothers may refuse to take care of the baby when the mother-infant is poorly connected, causing damage to the baby and impeding the baby’s normal development.

It has been reported that ADHD is associated with poor maternal-to-infant connectivity during infancy.

  Mothers with postpartum depression are reluctant to hold the baby or cannot effectively feed the baby and observe whether the baby is warm or not; do not pay attention to the baby’s response, the baby’s crying or difficulty feeding cannot awaken the mother’s attention; due to the mother’s abnormal touch, the baby sometimesBecome difficult to manage; mothers and babies get along well, mothers often stretch their arms to hug children, do not witness the baby, in addition to the baby’s communication signals, the baby smiles or giggles as a sign of ventilation instead of social interaction; disgustThe child may be afraid to come into contact with the child, and even have some delusions, such as thinking that the baby is the new savior (disease of the disease), the child is sick or dying (disease of the disease), the child’s shape, size, color change (body image change) or the child becomesBeast or evil (beast delusion), etc.

  Adverse effects on early babies This effect will cause children to have behavioral difficulties in the first 3 months after birth, the baby is nervous, must be satisfied, easily tired, and has poor motor development.

  Studies on the effects of late infants (12 to 19 months) have shown that postpartum depression in mothers is associated with infant cognitive ability and infant character development.

The severity of maternal postpartum depression is directly proportional to the infant’s poor mental and motor development.

  Impact on Early Childhood (4 to 5 years old) Mothers with depression in the first year after delivery have significantly lower abilities and cognitive indices than those of healthy women.

  According to the adverse effects of postpartum depression on mothers and children, treatment should begin once the diagnosis is established.

This can not only prevent the mother from getting worse or even develop postpartum mental illness, but also cause the baby to cause mother’s love and warmth as soon as possible and grow up healthily and happily.

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