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PO-0583 Is There An Association Between Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders In The First Three Months Of Life And Maternal Psychological Problems?
  1. ME Baldassarre1,
  2. G Castoro2,
  3. M Fanelli3,
  4. R Maurogiovanni1,
  5. A Resta1,
  6. S Amoroso2,
  7. R Cassibba2,
  8. N Laforgia1
  1. 1Department of "Scienze Biomediche ed Oncologia Umana"- Neonatology and NICU Section, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
  2. 2Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione Psicologia Comunicazione, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
  3. 3Dipartimento Interdisciplinare di Medicina Sez. Diagnostica Per Immagini- U. O. Medicina Nucleare Policlinico, University of Bari, Bari, Italy


Aim of the study To investigate whether functional gastrointestinal disorders (DFGIs), defined according to Rome III criteria, are associated with postpartum mood disorders.

Methods 113 mother/child pairs were enrolled in this perspective, longitudinal study. Maternal depressive symptoms were evaluated at birth, one and three months after delivery using Maternity Blues, Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Score (EPDS) and Symptom Check List for Anxiety and Depression. The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) was used to determine the attachment style of the mother. Any sign/symptom was recorded weekly for the first three months of life, together with type of feeding. Statistical analysis (SPSS software): χ2 test, student t-test, linear regression.

Results 37 (32,7%) newborns were exclusively BF. 16 (14,2%) newborns had regurgitation, 10 (9,7%) colics, 4 (3,5%) dischezia and 10 (9,7%) constipation. 60 (53,1%) mothers had postpartum depression and/or anxiety. 53,6% of infants with regurgitations had a depressed mother vs 23% of infants without regurgitations (χ2 =10,63, p = 0.003); 45,2% of infants with colics had a depressed mother vs 15,9% of infants without colics (χ2 =10,63, p = 0.001). A mother’s insecure attachment style was found in 36% of infants with persistence of regurgitations until third months of life vs 1,8% of infants with mother’s secure attachment style (p < 0.001).

Conclusion Postpartum maternal depressive symptoms and anxiety are associated with infantile colic and regurgitations. Screening and early intervention in cases of postpartum depression could be useful to avoid inappropriate nutritional and pharmacologic treatments, promoting the health of both mother and infant.

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