Parenting can be very tiring!!
A new study confirms that parenting a fussy baby is more stressful and can cause more symptoms of depression than an “easy” baby
A new study from Academic Pediatrics, which drew its conclusions from data collected from more than 8,200 women and their babies at nine months postpartum, found something pretty distressing — if totally obviously. Moms with fussy babies, born full-term, were about TWICE as likely to note moderate to severe depressive symptoms as compared to moms with “easy” babies.
The study also examined moms of babies born prematurely and found similar results, though to different degrees for babies born between 24 and 31 weeks of gestation and those born between 32 and 36 weeks. The moms of the later-born preemies had twice the odds of moderate to severe depression symptoms while moms of very premature babies had the same odds, only for mild depressive symptoms.
The study’s senior author, Dr. Prachi Shah, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, says we need to note a few things from the results of the team’s research. Namely, that doctors and pediatricians need to understand the mental health risks for parents of fussy babies. “A mother who has a fussier, less-soothable infant can have lower self-confidence, feelings of lower efficacy, feeling more depressed and more stressed,” Shah says.
Well yeah, of course. While it’s nice to hear Science understanding our pain, it’s a pretty big “no duh” that a fussy baby can stress a mother out. Seeing those other moms with the always-happy babies at playdates can feel like a total gut-punch to a mom whose baby never seems content.
Part of the problem stems from when the crying and fussiness has no clear cause, such as colick or gassiness. It’s easy for a parent to blame themselves when there’s no fixable and obvious reason for their baby’s frequent unhappiness. That can lead to feeling depressed and hopeless.
Oh you don’t say!?!
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A new study confirms that parenting a fussy baby is more stressful and can cause more symptoms of depression than an “easy” baby A new study from Academic Pediatrics , which drew its conclusions from data collected from more than 8,200 women and their babies […]