Effects of TV, Drug Exposures in Early Life May Be Long-Lasting

Fetal and early childhood environment helps shape later outcomes, studies show.  Click Here for entire article.

“Each additional hour watching TV was linked with declines in classroom engagement, math achievement (though not reading), and physical activity, as well as increases in soft drink and snack consumption, body mass index, and the tendency to be bullied by classmates.”

“The second study found that pregnant mom’s use of antidepressants called SSRIs [selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft] as well as mothers’ moods when the child was 3 correlated to anxious and depressive behavior in those young children.”

“This doesn’t mean that all children exposed to SSRIs while still in the womb are at an increased risk, only that some exposed children are, and at this point we don’t know why,” said study lead author Dr. Tim Oberlander, professor of developmental pediatrics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. “None of which is to say that pregnant women should not be treated for depression. All mothers need to be treated — just we have a lot to learn about who can benefit from pharmacological treatment with an SSRI.”

~ by cmb0414 on May 11, 2010.

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