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Science: Your baby knows when you’re stressed out

A new study on parental stress and child development found that parents struggling with anxiety, depression or other stresses are often less able to read and interpret their children's needs, and that this emotional disconnect may have longterm consequences for a child's development.

Researchers at Ireland's Trinity College interviewed the parents of 11,000 nine-month-old babies, following up with two subsequent interviews with these parents and children over a five-year period. Looking at a range of development milestones such as crawling and grasping items and social skills such as cooperation and communication, researchers found that the children of stressed parents -- parents who often struggled to read and interpret their children's needs -- experienced delays in these areas.

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