Children of depressed mothers may be more prone to injury and behavioral problems.
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati looked at more than a thousand mother and child pairs over a two-year period. Children whose mothers consistently scored high on depression scales were more than twice as likely to have been injured, with most injuries happening at home.
Those kids were also more likely to act out and exhibit behavior problems. boys were most at risk.
Researchers say that for every 1 point increase on the depression score, the risk of injury rose by 4% and the risk for behavioral problems increased by 6%.
Researchers think maternal depression may "increase the risk of behavioral problems in the child, which may in turn boost the risk of injury.
Maternal depression might also result in less effective supervision of children or possibly an increased number of injury hazards found in the home."