The emotional, cognitive and behavioral wellbeing of an infant can be closely linked to their parent’s mental health, new research at the University of Eastern Finland suggests.
In the study, the researchers followed the progress of the offspring of mothers who were vaccinated with an average of three doses of the H1N1 virus, a vaccine that was effective in protecting against influenza A (H1N1) strains, only the specific strain or variants of the strain.
“An interesting aspect of our findings is that, in the midst of a very contagious virus, the standard approach is to men*eat mice, but unfortunately this method fails to recognize the degree of psychological wellbeing of the offspring of mothers who did not receive the vaccine,” says PhD student Tove Hietaniemi, who carried out all the normal parental studies.
To avoid this, the researchers asked the mothers to show affection to their offspring, while the statistical — analytic — analysis was performed by using the Bayes-based meta-analysis. Using multivariate analyses and statistical meta-analysis, the researchers discovered that a child’s mental state and emotional state is supported by their behavior, which is also related to the mother’s behavior.
The researchers hope that their findings can eventually be used to prevent disease outbreaks, which are also increasingly becoming contagious.
“One major reason why infectious diseases have not been able to cause an epidemic or large-scale global animal disease is because of the lack of an effective standards of care,” says lead-author Jari Kurkanen, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Eastern Finland.
The current study results suggest that vaccination campaigns are vulnerable. They are concerned that the quality of care delivered in utero may not be as good as one might hope. For example, one of the negative effects of the study results is that lower income women may have to choose between helping to care for a sick child or taking care of the infirm family member who needs the care. Overall, the researchers suggest that the findings highlight the need to improve coordination across the labouring family.