HealthWatch: Avoiding Germs At Doctor’s Office, Month Impacts Postpartum Depression Risk


ON THE HEALTH WATCH THIS EVENING, COLD AND FLU SEASON IS UPON US, SO QUESTION IS HOW DO WE STAY HEALTHY WITH ALL THE COUGHING AND SNIFFLING AROUND US? THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS IS URGING DOCTORS TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF GERMS IN THEIR OFFICES, AND THAT INCLUDES MAKING HAND SANITIZER AND MASKS AVAILABLE TO PARENTS AND TRYING TO KEEP LITTLE HANDS FROM TOUCHING TOO MANY SERVICES IN THE WAITING ROOM. DR. MALLIKA MARSHALL IS JOINING US NOW, AND HANDS ON SURFACES IS BAD ENOUGH, BUT THEY’RE PUTTING THOSE LITTLE TOYS IN THEIR MOUTHS TOO. I KNOW, AND WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE. THEY HAVE BOOKS AND TOYS IN THE DOCTORS OFFICE TO TRY AND OCCUPY THE LITTLE ONES WHILE YOU’RE WAITING TO SEE THE DOCTOR, BUT THE PROBLEM IS THEY CAN HARBOR GERMS. SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? WELL, PERHAPS YOU SHOULD BRING YOUR OWN TOYS? SO BRING YOUR CHILD’S OWN TOYS OR BOOKS. THEY ALSO SUGGEST MAYBE KEEPING YOUR INFANT OR YOUNG TODDLER IN THE STROLLER UNTIL YOU GET IN TO SEE THE DOCTOR. MIGHT BE CHALLENGING, BUT THAT’S WHY YOU HAVE THE BOOKS AND TOYS WITH YOU RIGHT? AND THEN OF COURSE REALLY IMPORTANT IS MAKING SURE THEY’RE UP UPDATE — THEY’RE UP TO DATE ON THEIR SHOTS AND VACCINES. AND THE TIME OF YEAR YOU GIVE BIRTH MAY REDUCE YOUR RISK OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. MOMS WHO GAVE BIRTH IN THE SPRINGTIME OR WINTER HAD A LOWER RISK OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION COMPARED TO MOMS WHO GAVE BIRTH IN THE FALL OR SUMMER ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY. THAT SURPRISES ME. WHY DOES THAT SEEM TO BE A FACTOR? IT SURPRISED ME AS WELL. WE DON’T KNOW THOUGH, SOME SPECULATE WHEN THE WEATHER IS NOT SO NICE NOT SO NICE MOMS DON’T FEEL THE PRESSURE TO GET OUT AND DO THINGS, THEY CAN STAY HOME. INTERESTING FINDING THOUGH. AND THEY FOUND WOMEN OBESE, AND NON-WHITE WOMEN AND WOMEN WHO DIDN’T GET AN EPIDURAL WERE ALSO AT INCREASED RISK OF DEVELOPING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. A PRIOR RISK OF DEPRESSION OR COMPLICATIONS DURING PREGNANCY OR DELIVERY, THOSE ARE ALSO RISK FACTORS, BUT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO ADD THESE TO OUR LIST.

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