Overly Worried Moms Are Literally Making Their Kids Sick

asthmaWorrying about our kids is a part of a mother's job description. We worry about them hitting milestones. Worry they will topple over when they take their first steps. Worry about how they get along with other kids at the playground. Worry about how well they pay attention in school. We worry about sending them off in the great big wide world without us glued to their sides. Worrying may be giving us parents tons of grey hairs and wrinkles, but it's also making our kids sick.

Our anxiety rubs off on our kids and all the worrying we are doing is linked with giving our kids asthma. Asthma! It may be more linked with genetics than the environment. Maybe.


Mothers who were more anxious had children with more severe breathlessness due to asthma. Our stress really affects our kids. This Swedish study looked at over 195,000 twins and saw the connection with maternal anxiety and severity of asthma. The moms' anxiety was measured by how much they bit their nails and ratio of grey to other color hairs. Well, not exactly, but it was measured. 

The more mom is stressed, anxious, and worried, the worse a child's asthma symptoms are. Makes sense.

I think we could have concluded this ourselves though. Stress makes us sick. It's as bad for us as say only drinking sugary soda and never any water. And the way we act does rub off on our kids. Being a mom sure isn't easy. Now we have to worry about not worrying too much.

What do you think of this study? Are you worried you worry too much?


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