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23
Aug
Unhealthy mothers more likely to have sick kids

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Unhealthy mothers/moms at more risks of giving birth to sick children than mothers who are healthy and this is not just due to genetics suggested a new research.

Relying on  data from the 2007 and 2008 National Health Interview Surveys, the study discovered that children whose mothers are both in poor health and disadvantaged, due to family structure, income, race, ethnicity or level of education experience a significantly greater number of health issues. The health concern may range from poor overall health to suffering from asthma as compared to children whose mothers are disadvantaged but relatively healthy.

"Mothers who experience frequent or serious health problems may have a harder time monitoring their children or performing day-to-day caretaking tasks, including taking their children to regular medical checkups," said study co-author Jessica Halliday Hardie.

"Maternal health problems can also place emotional and material burdens on children and heighten their stress and anxiety. Finally, to care for herself, an unhealthy mother may have to use financial resources that could otherwise benefit her children," added Hardie.

Children of disadvantaged, unhealthy mothers also fare worse than children of disadvantaged, healthy mothers on other indicators of well-being.

They have significantly higher chances of suffering from learning disabilities and asthma, and are more likely to go to the emergency room.

"Skeptics may jump to the conclusion that genetics alone are responsible for the health disparities among these groups," Hardie said.

"But, we assess indicators of well-being that are at least partly environmentally conditioned, which suggests that group differences are not completely due to genetics," added Hardie.

 


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