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'Stress in pregnancy causes eczema'

21 June, 2012

'Stress in pregnancy causes eczema'

Almost half of eczema in babies is due to stress during pregnancy, according to ground-breaking research. Posted: 21 June 2012 by Rob Dabrowski


Almost half of eczema in babies is due to stress during pregnancy, according to ground-breaking research.


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Researchers from Japan make the claim after analysing data from 896 pairs of mothers and children.

Their results indicate that 47% of atopic eczema at the age of six to eight months is caused by stress in the pregnant mother.

In their study, 18.75% of mothers were classified into the highest anxiety group, 62.39% showed moderate anxiety and 18.86% were categorised in the lowest anxiety group.

The average prevalence of atopic eczema was 46.76%.

The tests showed that children born to mothers with higher anxiety scores were far more likely to be affected by eczema.

Dr. Mana Hamaguchi, clinical psychologist at the National Centre for Child Health and Development in Japan, led the research.

The results of the study were aired at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology's annual congress.

It was held on 16 to 20 June in Geneva and featured delegates from more than 100 countries.

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