Children of depressed mothers at risk for accidental injuries

Reuters (3/2, Crist) reports that research suggests kids “under age 5 are more likely to accidentally get injured if their mothers are having a depression or anxiety episode.” Investigators found that “the rates of child poisonings, small fractures and minor burns increased during these episodes – with poisonings more than doubled when mothers suffered both depression and anxiety – but there was no link to more severe injuries such as third-degree burns or femur fractures.” Investigators came to this conclusion after looking at “hospitalization data for more than 200,000 children.” The findings were published online in Injury Prevention.

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— “Children of depressed mothers at risk for unintentional injuries,” Carolyn Crist, Reuters, March 3, 2017.

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