Maternal depression and childcare

MOMSEVERYDAY -- The birth of a child can trigger mixed emotions, from happiness and excitement to fear and anxiety. Studies have shown that children of depressed mothers have difficulties in social functioning, and are at an increased risk for emotional and behavioral problems.

Social scientists from Quebec studied the role that childcare played in the lives of children of depressed moms. They found kids who attended high-quality childcare during preschool years were less likely to display hyperactivity and inattention compared to kids who attended low-quality childcare. Parents should look for childcare that promotes social skills, helps kids regulate their emotions and behavior and helps them develop the ability to follow rules and requests. This can be beneficial to all children, and especially those whose mothers have depression.

It’s important to note that mothers should seek treatment for their depression.