Do You Have The Baby Blues? If So, Be Careful — Postpartum Depression Can Affect Your Kids As Well!

Tue, October 26, 2010 9:00am EDT by Add first Comment

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Postpartum depression is a serious problem, not only for you, but also for the safety and well-being of your children!

Having a baby is never easy. Despite how exciting welcoming a new baby into your life may be, sometimes giving birth can have negative emotional and physical effects that lead to postpartum depression. Celebrity moms including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lisa Rinna, Brooke Shields and Bryce Dallas Howard have all fought their own battles with the symptoms: moodiness, sadness, difficulty sleeping, irritability, appetite changes and concentration problems. But now research is suggesting a more serious problem: postpartum depression doesn’t just affect moms, it can also harm their children!

According to a new report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 400,000 babies are born to women who develop postpartum depression and some of these children are showing developmental and social delays as a result.

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For the 5 to 25 percent of women who face postpartum depression, here are the issues that can and do affect their children, according to Helpguide.org:

  • Behavioral Problems: Your kids may have sleep problems, temper tantrums, bouts of aggression and restlessness.
  • Delays in Cognitive Development: Young children may learn to walk and talk later than expected. They also may have problems moving ahead in school.
  • Social Problems: Your children may find it hard to make friends and form relationships. They could become socially withdrawn or lash out in destructive ways.
  • Emotional Problems:  Kids may face lower self-esteem, anxiety and fear, or become less independent.
  • Depression: Your kids may also become depressed themselves.

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So, if you are experiencing any symptoms that may suggest that you have postpartum depression, it is a good idea to seek professional help — for your sake and your children’s.

–Lindsey DiMattina

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