Some studies suggest that children whose mothers suffered from asthma during pregnancy may show a different developmental profile to other babies. However, the evidence is weak. Robust research is needed to establish the developmental profile of children whose mothers had asthma during pregnancy and recommend early interventions, if needed.
In this study, we profile the first year of development of infants whose mothers had asthma during pregnancy and compare them to infants of mothers without asthma. This research will allow us to identify whether there are differences in development and how they can be prevented or remedied. This research will help clinicians plan appropriate clinical services to meet the developmental needs of these infants.
All mothers who participated in the Breathing for Life Trial (BLT) and their infants can participate in the study. In the study we complete a developmental assessment of all babies and assess the mothers wellbeing in her role as a parent. Testing will includes: A videotaped interaction between the mother and infant; An assessment of the baby’s response to sensory stimulation; a detailed assessment of motor and cognitive development at 6 and 12 months. In addition we collect data on the baby's temperament, responses to care; the mother's parenting experience and family situation, psychological well-being and coping skills.
The study is undertaken by Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, Associate Professor Alison Lane, Dr Linda Campbell, Dr Titia Benders, Dr Vanessa Murphy in collaboration with Professor Joerg Mattes, Professor Peter Gibson, Dr Adam Collison.
Phd candidate researchers on the project include Miss Olivia Whalen, Miss Alix Woolard and Miss Carly Mallise.