Postpartum depression can also have a significant impact on children
There is an old saying in China: even the most ferocious tiger will not harm his own children.
But did you know that patients with postpartum depression are not only suicidal, but also prone to infanticide?
How should postpartum depression do after all, what specific remedial method is there? If treated with drugs, will it affect the fetus or the baby?
How is postpartum depression treated?
Above all, oneself do not want to be very pessimistic, want to consult obstetrician.
Second, look for external factors that have previously contributed to anxiety and depression, such as poor marital relationships, other family conflicts, or unexpected life events that have recently occurred, which need to be addressed first.
If the obstetrician rules out other obstetric causes and the family feels there is no particular life accident or relationship conflict, ask a psychiatrist to identify it.
In the case of severe postpartum depression, medical intervention may be required if necessary.
Specific treatment methods should be based on clinical evaluation, depression symptoms of mild, moderate and severity of different ways to take.
If it is mild, it is usually to give comfort, support, guidance. If it is moderate or above, especially if there is negative pessimistic language, has a direct impact on child rearing, drug treatment is recommended.
For high-risk pregnant women can also do some music intervention to help postpartum anxiety.
Medication during pregnancy is a double-edged sword.
The current use of antidepressants is not teratogenic, but existing literature has reported that some antisuppressants may lead to preterm labor, low birth weight, or some pulmonary hypertension, and so on.
As for postpartum breastfeeding if you take it, the concentration of the drug in the breast milk is very low, usually 1/10 in the blood, very small.
Does a mother’s depression affect the child’s mental state?
Depression is not an infectious disease, but the mother’s words, behavior, emotional may affect the feeding of the fetus, infants in the early stages of its need for the mother’s embrace, care, which are to promote the development of the fetal brain.
If a newborn does not have a mother to support it, it may have an impact on the neurological development of the brain.
We have done some research and there is no difference between a child whose mother had depression before or after pregnancy and a child whose mother did not have anxiety or depression throughout pregnancy or postpartum.
But if the mother in pregnancy and postpartum depression, anxiety, then the neonatal immune capacity has some decline, will continue to 5, 6 years old, other physiological differences are not obvious.