19815 Bay Branch Rd
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
(334) 222-2523
HELPLINE: 1-877-530-0002



Facebook    

 

SCAMHC is an approved Mental Health site for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment program.  Find out the program details and see if you qualify by visiting: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/

SCAMHC is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace.

SCAMHC serves all individuals regardless of inability to pay. Discounts for essential services are offered based on family size and income. For more information, contact (334) 222-2523 or our 24/7 Helpline at 1-877-530-0002.

 

 


powered by centersite dot net
Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
What Works Best to Ease Recurrent Ear Infections in Kids?Rural U.S. Schools Are Bringing Back In-Person Learning Faster Than Urban SchoolsIn Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating DisorderRoad to Healthy Middle-Aged Brain May Begin in ChildhoodHow Summer Camps Can Shield Your Kids from Allergies, Asthma & COVIDCould Your Child Have a Heart Defect? Know the Warning SignsAir Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a LifetimePoll Finds Many Parents Hesitant to Get Younger Kids VaccinatedAHA News: Prenatal Stress Can Program a Child's Brain for Later Health IssuesFDA Plans to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Those Aged 12 and Up5 Steps to Protect Young Athletes' EyesBreathing Dirty Air Could Raise a Child's Risk for Adult Mental IllnessPandemic May Be Upping Cases of Severe Complication in Kids With DiabetesNo Genetic Damage to Kids of Those Exposed to Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: StudyUnexplained Drop in Resting Heart Rate in Youth 'Not a Good Thing'Strike Out Kids' Overuse Injuries This Baseball SeasonMost Young Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine: PollMany Kids Who Develop Severe COVID-Linked Syndrome Have Neurologic SymptomsMost Parents OK About School Rules for Kids' Return to Sports: PollSome Kids Snore, and It Could Affect BehaviorKids With Autism Can Really Benefit From ExerciseFDA Approves First New Children's ADHD Drug in 10 YearsWhy Are ER Wait Times Getting Longer for Kids in Mental Health Crisis?About 40,000 U.S. Children Have Lost a Parent to COVID-19Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?Adding in Stem Cell Therapy Helps Beat a Common Childhood LeukemiaWhat Will Summer Camp Look Like This Year?When Will America's Kids Get Their COVID Vaccines?1 in 4 Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: PollEven in a Pandemic, Child Vision Tests Are CrucialPfizer Says Its COVID Vaccine Is Very Effective in Kids as Young as 12Secondhand Smoke Is Sending Kids to the ERDrug Shows Promise Against Rare Condition That Stunts Kids' GrowthWhen Coal-Fired Power Plants Close, Kids With Asthma Breathe EasierAnother Study Finds COVID Doesn't Spread in Schools With Proper SafeguardsNearly Half of U.S. Schools Now Offer In-Person LearningLockdowns Gave Boost to Type 1 Diabetes Control in KidsWildfire Smoke Can Send Kids With Asthma to the ERPandemic Has Many Kids Struggling With Weight IssuesLab-Made Heart Valves Can Grow Along With Youngest Heart PatientsSome Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Face High Risk of Severe COVID-19Virtual Learning Has Taken a Toll on Kids' & Parents' Mental HealthCDC Says 3 Feet of Social Distancing Now OK in Most ClassroomsWhich Kids' Sports Have Higher Odds for Head Injury?Social Distancing Probably Stopped 2020 Outbreak of Paralyzing Disorder in KidsAHA News: What Parents Should Know About Rare But Scary COVID-19-Related IllnessSchool Dental Care Program Could Cut Cavities in Half: StudySocial Media, Binge Eating Often Go Together for KidsStressed and Distracted, Kids and Their Teachers Say Virtual Learning Isn't WorkingSports Position Doesn't Affect Risk of Concussion-Linked CTE Illness
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Parenting

Mom's Heart Health While Pregnant Could Influence Her Child's Health for Years

HealthDay News
by By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
Updated: Feb 17th 2021

new article illustration

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that suggests heart health starts in the womb, a new study shows that the state of a woman's heart during pregnancy may predict her kids' health by the time they reach adolescence.

Researchers found that when mothers' weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels were less healthy during pregnancy, their children were at heightened risk for those same issues.

The reasons are not certain, but it could be a matter of both biology and lifestyle, said lead researcher Dr. Amanda Perak. She's an assistant professor at Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.

Genes, as well as the effects of the uterine environment on fetal development, could be at work, Perak said. Plus, she added, kids' diets and exercise habits likely mirror their parents'.

Regardless of the reasons, Perak said the findings add to evidence that heart risk factors take shape early, and maybe even before birth.

Experts called the findings "important," by showing that pregnancy could be a critical time in determining future heart health.

"The health of moms during pregnancy could impact future generations," said Dr. Nisha Parikh, a cardiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, and a volunteer expert with the American Heart Association.

That's not to say anything is set in stone, Parikh stressed: If pregnant women are not in optimal cardiovascular health, their kids still can be, with the help of a healthy diet and exercise.

But ideally, Parikh said, women should go into pregnancy at a healthy weight, not smoking and with normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

The findings, published Feb. 16 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are based on 2,300 mother-child pairs from several countries, including the United States. The researchers assessed mothers' cardiovascular risk factors during the 28th week of pregnancy, looking at their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight and smoking habits.

The investigators then assessed those same factors (minus smoking) in their children at the ages of 10 to 14.

Overall, one-third of pregnant women were deemed to have optimal cardiovascular health, while 6% had two or more risk factors. Years later, children born to moms in that latter group were nearly eight times more likely to have multiple risk factors, versus kids whose mothers had been in optimal health during pregnancy.

Those odds were three times higher among kids whose mothers had one risk factor.

Dr. Stephen Daniels, who wrote an editorial accompanying the report, said that he thinks the study is "really important."

At one time, it was thought that all babies start off with a "clean slate" in terms of cardiovascular health, said Daniels, pediatrician-in-chief at Children's Hospital Colorado, in Aurora.

But in more recent years, research has been indicating that exposures in the womb may set children up with varying levels of cardiovascular health at birth, he noted.

Like Parikh, Daniels said that does not mean kids' health is predetermined. And, he added, "this is not about blaming mothers."

Instead, it's possible that helping women go into pregnancy as healthy as possible could have ripple effects for their children, Daniels said. And if more teenagers were in optimal cardiovascular health, that could translate into fewer heart attacks and strokes years later.

In a study last year, Perak and her colleagues found evidence of that.

People who were in good cardiovascular health in their late teens had very low rates of premature heart disease or stroke over the next 32 years. And their odds of those ills were about 85% lower, versus young people who already had risk factors like elevated blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar.

Daniels pointed to other research showing that if people make it to age 50 free of major risk factors like high blood pressure and diabetes, they have a very low lifetime risk of heart disease or stroke.

"The problem is, not many people do reach age 50 with no risk factors," Daniels said.

So prevention has to start early, possibly even in the womb.

"Mothers' health during pregnancy may be even more important than we've appreciated," Daniels said.

Perak encouraged women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy to talk to their doctor about how to "optimize" their diet, exercise and sleep habits, and get help with quitting smoking if needed.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has advice on staying healthy during pregnancy.

SOURCES: Amanda Perak, MD, MS, assistant professor, pediatrics and preventive medicine, Lurie Children's Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago; Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD, professor, pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and pediatrician-in-chief, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora; Nisha Parikh, MD, MPH, associate professor, medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and volunteer expert, American Heart Association, Dallas; Journal of the American Medical Association, Feb. 16, 2021