Association of Postpartum Maternal Morbidities with Children’s Mental, Psychomotor and Language Development in Rural Bangladesh

Authors

  • JD Hamadani icddr,b, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000
  • F Tofail icddr,b, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000
  • A Hilaly icddr,b, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000
  • F Mehrin icddr,b, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000
  • S Shiraji icddr,b, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000
  • S Banu icddr,b, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000
  • SN Huda icddr,b, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v30i2.11313

Keywords:

Anaemia, Child development, Cognitive development, Descriptive studies, Morbidity, Psychomotor development, Bangladesh

Abstract

Little is known from developing countries about the effects of maternal morbidities diagnosed in the postpartum   period on childrens development. The study aimed to document the relationships of such morbidities   with care-giving practices by mothers, childrens developmental milestones and their language, mental   and psychomotor development. Maternal morbidities were identified through physical examination at   6-9 weeks postpartum (n=488). Maternal care-giving practices and postnatal depression were assessed also   at 6-9 weeks postpartum. Childrens milestones of development were measured at six months, and their   mental (MDI) and psychomotor (PDI) development, language comprehension and expression, and quality   of psychosocial stimulation at home were assessed at 12 months. Several approaches were used for identifying   the relationships among different maternal morbidities, diagnosed by physicians, with childrens development.   After controlling for the potential confounders, maternal anaemia diagnosed postpartum showed   a small but significantly negative effect on childrens language expression while the effects on language   comprehension did not reach the significance level (p=0.085). Childrens development at 12 months was   related to psychosocial stimulation at home, nutritional status, education of parents, socioeconomic status,   and care-giving practices of mothers at six weeks of age. Only a few mothers experienced each specific morbidity,   and with the exception of anaemia, the sample-size was insufficient to make a conclusion regarding   each specific morbidity. Further research with a sufficient sample-size of individual morbidities is required   to determine the association of postpartum maternal morbidities with childrens development.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v30i2.11313

 

J HEALTH POPUL NUTR 2012 Jun;30(2):193-204

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Published

2012-07-20

How to Cite

Hamadani, J., Tofail, F., Hilaly, A., Mehrin, F., Shiraji, S., Banu, S., & Huda, S. (2012). Association of Postpartum Maternal Morbidities with Children’s Mental, Psychomotor and Language Development in Rural Bangladesh. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 30(2), 193–204. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v30i2.11313

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Review Article