Working Moms Sick Kids

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Friday, February 25, 2011 - 10:10am

Study finds children of working mothers are more likely to be sick.

A new study reveals that kids of moms who work outside the home are more likely to be sick.

A North Carolina State University researcher looked at 89,000 kids ages 7 to 17 and 20 years of CDC data.

Among the findings: Children of working moms have a 200 percent increased risk of hospitalization, asthma episodes, and injuries or poisonings.

Dr. Ivette Cubas hasn't encountered what the study finds in her own practice.

"I don't think it's necessarily that I've seen kids of working moms versus non-working moms are more prone to hospitalization or injuries. I don't think I've seen that in my experience," she says.

Dr. Cubas is concerned the study could increase guilt for working moms.

It's important to mention that other studies have found children of working mothers are actually healthier because increased incomes and better health insurance coverage.
 

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