How Parenting Heals A Child's Depression

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A new study reveals that positive parenting can minimise the effects of depression in kids. This is true especially when the kid inherits depression from their mother.

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Health experts say that stress can also impact the health of the foetus and this may also cause low birth weight and certain other issues like weaker immune system and poor brain development.

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Researchers say that maternal care rendered to a kid may minimise the effects of depression in the kid. Researchers observed more than a 100 kids who were born to mothers who suffered depression and gathered their DNA.

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Later, the researchers made the children play with their mothers for some time. During the first phase of the play, mothers were allowed to participate with their babies. In the second phase, mothers were asked to ignore the babies and in the third phase, the mothers were again allowed to show care.

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During the whole episode, researchers observed that a mother's affection could minimise the cortisol levels in the children.
This means that parenting has a very big impact on the health of the child and this is why positive parenting methods should be embraced.

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In today's busy lifestyle, when parents don't have much time to spend with their kids, this study explains the importance of positive parenting that is filled with love, joy and care. Yes, a mother's affection can heal certain insecurities and issues in the child.

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Story first published: Monday, February 15, 2016, 11:00 [IST]
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