A link between the mother’s depression during the postpartum period and an increased risk of atopic dermatitis in her son during childhood and adolescence was discovered by a team of researchers led by Jonathan Silverberg, professor of dermatology at George Washington University.

The scientific study, published in Dermatitis, considers atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease that has been linked to some mental health disorders, including depression, suicidal ideation and anxiety, in other studies in the past. Other studies have also shown that emotional factors, family and other environmental factors can also have an impact on this disease.

For this study, researchers discovered a link between post-partum depression in the mother and an increased likelihood of atopic dermatitis developing in children.

“Our findings also suggest that postpartum depression is associated with atopic dermatitis even in older children and adolescents with more persistent diseases and increased sleep disorders,” Silverberg himself reports in the statement.