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WHY ASTHMA WORSENS

ANCHOR LEAD: DEPRESSION IN A MOTHER SEEMS TO BE THE ROOT OF MORE TROUBLESOME CHILDHOOD ASTHMA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

If your mother is depressed and you’re a child with asthma, you could find yourself in the emergency department or hospital more often, due to Mom’s depression worsening a child’s asthma symptoms.  That’s the finding of a Johns Hopkins study by Kristin Reikert and colleagues at Johns Hopkins.

REIKERT:  Moms who are depressed, depression comes along with fatigue, exhaustion, and when you’re a Mom you have a lot of things you need to do for your kid, and asthma adds on to that.  Recognizing when your child is having extra symptoms, and then managing those symptoms.  Avoiding triggers, even keeping the house sometimes extra clean because kids are allergic.  So we hypothesized that depression makes it harder for a Mom, to get all that done along with all the other stuff and that then contributes to the kid having worse asthma.         :29

Reikert says this study points to a need for physicians to screen mothers of children with asthma for depression.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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