Study: Maternal-infant bonding and asthmatic children

In a 2000 study published in the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, mothers of asthmatic children with histories of non-bonding were treated with a therapy aimed at repairing the bond between them and their children. Some of the children were also briefly treated to repair the bond. Eighteen variables were studied before treatment, after the mother’s treatment, and after the children’s treatment. There was improvement in all 18 variables, including breathing improvement. The indications from this pilot study are that bonding therapy helps asthmatic children breathe better. The findings suggest that for some children a dramatic reduction occurs in the severity of the children’s asthmatic symptoms by bonding with the mothers. To view the full article visit //www.asthma-busters.org/mib1.pdf.

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