MOMS AND KID ASTHMA
ANCHOR LEAD: MOMS WHO ARE DEPRESSED CAN COMPLICATE THEIR CHILD’S ASTHMA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Kids with asthma whose mothers are depressed end up with more acute exacerbations and emergency department visits than kids with mothers who aren’t depressed, but which is the causative factor? That question was addressed by Kristin Reikert and colleagues at Johns Hopkins in a recent study.
REIKERT: It’s been long known for a long time that if patients are depressed they have a harder time following treatment regimens. And in pediatrics we also know that if Moms are depressed they sometimes have a harder time following the regimen. Our study looked at how depression and asthma symptoms and ED visits interact with each other, because there’s always this question of which comes first, is it that sick kids require a lot more care, a lot of stress is associated with having a kid with a chronic illness, does that cause depression? Or worsen depression, or is it the other way around? Does depression worsen asthma? What we actually found was that the depression worsens the asthma. :34
Reikert says that a child’s asthma didn’t worsen mom’s symptoms of depression. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey