Obese children

Children born to mothers with gestational diabetes and who easier to soothe as infants at a higher risk to become obese children. The study, “Association of Infant Temperament with Subsequent Obesity in Young Children of Mothers with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus,” a link among mothers with gestational diabetesmellitus and their children, who demonstrating what is known as “soothability” temperament, and childhood obesity.
Researchers defined soothability as “reduction of fussing; crying or distress when soothing techniques using by the caregiver.” A validated infant temperament questionnaire was used in this study. “For high soothability infants; parents may have discovered that using juice or sugary beverages was effective in the short run for calming the infant. “But in the longer run, these beverages may contribute to excess calories and obesity risk.

Excess sugary beverages

Therefore, “There is much concern among pediatricians; nurses and other public health experts regarding excess sugary beverages. “One takeaway is for parents of high soothability infants to think about alternative strategies to calm infant distress.” Faith says a key to this study is how it intersects infant temperament with childhood obesity risks.
“It is significant because there has limited research looking at temperament traits as they relate to childhood obesity risks; adding that to his knowledge; this is the first study to examine the role of infant temperament and its effect and subsequent risk of obesity among children whose mothers had gestational diabetes.

“It may that for infants high in soothability; sugary beverages are a way to help with emotional regulation; then parents may have learned to use sugary beverages or perhaps food to soothe distress. Gestational diabetes mellitus is in about 10 % of all pregnancies; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But mothers with gestational diabetes have elevated blood sugar during pregnancy, which can harmful to the infant’s health.

High-risk population

“Among this high-risk population of infants exposed to hyperglycemia in utero; elevated soothability foreshadows early childhood obesity,” the study states. Temperament; “is a topic that parents frequently talk about because they can identify their child’s unique temperament from early life. So they can also see how strikingly different siblings from the same family can be in temperament.
in conclusion, The study was by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases; the American Diabetes Association. Previous research published by Faith has examined the influence of parents on how their children eat. He has also research on family-based treatments for childhood obesity that allows study participants to treated in their homes.