Cortisol Levels Linked to Mental Development of Children

by Medindia Content Team on  January 27, 2007 at 12:21 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
Cortisol Levels Linked to Mental Development of Children
Researchers have found out that the stress experienced by a pregnant woman has a direct bearing on the mental development of their children. This was disclosed by Vivette Glover of Imperial College, London at a Psychiatrists Conference.

According to this study, if the level of cortisol, the stress hormone in a pregnant mother increases, it results in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) and a delayed cognitive development in their offspring.

If a pregnant woman has a nasty companion and subjects her to a lot emotional strain, it is going to have a negative impact on the development of the child.

The amniotic fluid taken from 125 women were used to measure the levels of cortisol in it. Children born to women with a higher level of cortisol had experienced a delay in many of their milestones. The result was arrived by conducting the stress level test on women before and after delivery. Their children were also observed for eighteen months.

Source: Medindia

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