Sleeping with your baby could cause long-term depression


Defining the place where the newly arrived baby will sleep varies from one culture to another, and is a subject that is usually decided with very different criteria, even from one home to another.

But co-sleeping of mothers with children - to sleep with them - is a common practice that, according to a study, could raise the risk of depression in women.

The analysis carried out by Mina Shimizu and Douglas M. Teti, exposed in the scientific publication Infant and Child Development, concluded that mothers who spend the initial six months of their babies sleeping with them have a greater tendency to depression in a significant way, since they reached 76 percent prevalence of this condition; while 16 percent of them felt more prosecuted than those who did not sleep with their children.

Likewise, he highlighted that these mothers report lower income, greater limitations of space, were younger, single or unemployed, in addition to being less likely to have a degree.

The research analyzed sleep habits and peculiarities of feelings and emotions of 103 women during six months, concluding that parents who sleep with their babies for more than six months should be aware of the risks that this represents for maternal well-being, and should analyze the importance that, after a moderate time, the children are installed in their own rooms.

It is also important to be informed about the effects of co-sleeping against sudden death in the case of newborns, about which UNICEF has issued various recommendations and reports.

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