Can Pre-natal Depression and Anxiety Can Lead to Child Asthma?

New Research Shows Increase in Asthma Linked to Depression/Anxiety

A recent study found that a pregnant woman suffering from depression and anxiety has an increased chance of having a child with asthma-related illnesses.

The findings, which were published in the latest issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stated that nearly 70 percent of mothers who suffered from high anxiety or depression while pregnant said that their child began wheezing and showing other types of asthma symptoms by 5 years of age.

Mothers who feel as though their young child is exhibiting asthma symptoms – which includes coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing and frequent chest colds – should bring their child to their pediatrician.

The Symptoms of Pediatric Asthma

“The symptoms of pediatric asthma can range from a nagging cough that lingers for days or weeks to sudden and scary breathing emergencies,” said allergist Dr. Rachel Miller, study senior author. “With the right treatment, your child can sleep through the night, avoid missing time from daycare or preschool, and breathe easy.”

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